Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) — As the historic and majestic hometown of the ancient Roman ruins, Vatican City and breathtaking Renaissance art, it is a wonder why the Italian capital city of Rome still lacks tourist draw. The Roman mayor’s office seems to think it is a theme park that resembles the childlike playfulness of a Disneyland-style theme park.
Deputy Mayor Mauro Cutrufo announced exciting plans to build a large ancient Roman theme park just outside city limits which he says could be open to the public within 3-4 years. Cutrufo says it would be a fusion of America and Europe. The theme park would have all the same family-friendly attractions as its Disneyland predecessor with a twist: it would give visitors a glimpse into what life was like in Rome nearly 2,000 years ago.
The park is slated to be built on a 1,000-1,200 acre site (though the site is not yet confirmed) and would but an Italian perspective on popular rights such as Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean. A Rome city official told Reuters that visitors would be able to experience the lifestyle of the bustle of the Colosseum, ancient Rome and even the strength of Roman ladiators.
Although the final decisions have not been made, the plans have been met with some resistance as the the strategy still must been with market research to show potential demand for the plan. Claudio Mancini, a member of the Lazio council, has high hopes that the plan will begin and end on paper without ground ever being broken. “I say no to Americanization. There are planning considerations to weigh up because 500 hectares isn’t nothing,” Mancini told the Corriere della Sera daily.
Wired News Reporter