The 3,000-seat structure was built to house a rock opera based on the life of Emperor Nero, which will run for three months this summer. True to the source material, the theater is situated atop the ruins of a temple on Palatine Hill, land that Nero absorbed into his estate following a fire that burned Rome to the ground. The setting has angered some conservationists. “This may not be the first grave abuse perpetuated [sic] against Rome’s monuments, but it is certainly the most serious, both for the size of the structure,” a former caretaker of the city’s antiquities wrote last month. Other critics denounced the increasing commercialization of historic sites across Italy. Producers of the show, however, noted that their rental fees (plus a percentage of ticket sales) will go towards underfunded restorations.
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