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The Italian capital reinforces its status as the Eternal City in 2016 thanks to major refurbishments of its most treasured icons. The Colosseum is currently in the middle of an $18.5 million refresh, which has so far revealed a gleaming original wood-and-sand floor, constructed in 80 AD. The reno follows in the footsteps of luxury leather label Tod’s $27 million donation in 2011 to brighten the façade and help build a modern visitors center.

The Italian capital reinforces its status as the Eternal City in 2016 thanks to major refurbishments of its most treasured icons. The Colosseum is currently in the middle of an $18.5 million refresh, which has so far revealed a gleaming original wood-and-sand floor, constructed in 80 AD. The reno follows in the footsteps of luxury leather label Tod’s $27 million donation in 2011 to brighten the façade and help build a modern visitors center.

Diego Della Valle In addition to running some of the finest shoe brands around, Tod's chief Diego Delle Valle has become a one-man PR machine for Italian culture and style. Not only is the...

Lace Reem Acra wedding dress and custom veil: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2017/02/14/get-your-dose-of-pink-today-with-this-italian-inspired-los-angeles-wedding/ Photography: Lacie Hansen - http://laciehansen.com/

Lace Reem Acra wedding dress and custom veil: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2017/02/14/get-your-dose-of-pink-today-with-this-italian-inspired-los-angeles-wedding/ Photography: Lacie Hansen - http://laciehansen.com/

Gian Lorenzo Bernini -- Pluto and Proserpina --  Borghese Gallery, Rome.  My favorite !!!

Gian Lorenzo Bernini -- Pluto and Proserpina -- Borghese Gallery, Rome. My favorite !!!

Picture, in your mind, a mundane interaction between any two regular, essentially happy Italian people.  One purchasing a packet of chewing gum from the other, for example.  Can you picture it?  The screaming, the wild gesticulating, the red faces, the flashing whites of crazed eyes and bared teeth, the elaborate curses and threats of death, the vowing of eternal vendettas, the promise to follow each other into the afterlife for vengeance?  And then, immediately afterward, the passionate…

Picture, in your mind, a mundane interaction between any two regular, essentially happy Italian people. One purchasing a packet of chewing gum from the other, for example. Can you picture it? The screaming, the wild gesticulating, the red faces, the flashing whites of crazed eyes and bared teeth, the elaborate curses and threats of death, the vowing of eternal vendettas, the promise to follow each other into the afterlife for vengeance? And then, immediately afterward, the passionate…

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