Please tell me this is a joke

City of Rome plans ancient theme park outside of town.

“The model is Euro-Disney in Paris,” said Deputy Mayor Mauro Cutrufo, announcing plans to build a vast ancient Rome theme park just outside the city which he says could be up and running within three to four years.

The park would provide family-friendly attractions to show visitors what life was like in the Rome of 2,000 years ago.

To be built on an as yet unspecified 1,000-1,200 acre site, it would put a Roman twist on rides like Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean, in which visitors float on boats through a fantasy pirate world.

“You would relive scenes from the Colosseum, from ancient Rome, gladiators or maybe Julius Caesar or other things,” a Rome city official said.

There aren’t enough puking emoticons in the world to describe what I’m feeling.

Hopefully the regional government of Lazio will end this tortured madness before it begins in earnest.

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Comment by Katherine
2008-08-17 03:42:18

To be honest, I’m not really surprised. It was bound to happen at some point, its just odd that it hasn’t happened sooner. Practically every other period of history has been covered with a nasty theme park – Rome is finally cashing in on its rich history. Lets just hope the archeological beauty doesn’t get trashed by tourists…
Great blog, by the way, thanks so much for posting and keep it up – its nice to read something that’s written purely for the enjoyment of history!

Comment by livius drusus
2008-08-17 06:40:16

Yabut most of the theme parks covering periods of history are in the US, not in the country in which said period of history took place.

I mean, you don’t see a Reign of Terrorland in Paris or an Industrial Revolution Gardens in London. Not that I wouldn’t have my picture taken making funny faces with Madame Guillotine.

Okay, so maybe Reign of Terrorland would be kinda cool. :giggle:

Thank you for the kind words. I really appreciate it. :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Mike M
2012-08-26 22:31:54

It would be kinda cool if they actually built some structures with like a couple of thoroughfares to the exact specifications of ancient Rome itself somewhere outside of Rome. Kinda like that one Roman-era house up in England you posted about at one point, with the virtual tour thing.

But please! No caricatures of Julius Ceasar! My God. :ohnoes:

Comment by livius drusus
2012-08-27 05:17:00

Exactly! I would dearly love to see some genuine reconstructions done with period materials and methods. That would be very much worth the price of admission.

 
 
Comment by Mike M
2012-08-28 20:39:24

I would definitely dip into my meager savings to see it actually done.

 
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