Italy contains some of the world's most important cultural artifacts. As the state struggles to cope with the economic crisis, those fighting to save the cultural treasures are turning to private donors.
A fresco showing an erotic scene between the god Zeus disguised as a swan and a legendary queen from Greek mythology has been found through new excavations at the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.
Beginning November 1, visitors to the Roman Colosseum will be able to walk up to the amphitheater's highest gallery for the first time in 40 years, after a lengthy restoration that took years to complete.
A major exhibition at the Baden State Museum in Karlsruhe sheds light on the mysterious Etruscan civilization, one of the most ancient in present-day Italy. Some aspects of this culture remain mysterious to this day.
It is famed as the place where gladiators battled lions to the amusement of the citizens of ancient Rome. Six million visitors flock to the Colosseum in Rome each year.
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