Across the River in Rome – level 3

25-08-2021 15:00

An Italian tightrope artist became the first person to high-wire across the Tiber river in Rome, travelling 135 metres over a 20-metre drop. Andrea Loreni, the artist, holds the record in Italy for the longest and highest tightrope walk.

The artist said that it was difficult because of external factors like the wind, the rain and the LED light reflections on the water – there was so much input that it risked creating confusion. He coped by choosing one spot and focusing on it.

Nervous onlookers let out a sigh of relief when Loreni made it through the wind and rain to the other end.

Difficult words: high-wire (walk on a wire or rope high up in the air without a net underneath), input (things which you see and hear), cope (how you deal with a problem).

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