Colosseum Opens Again – level 3
The Colosseum is the largest ancient amphitheater ever built, and it is still the largest standing amphitheater in the world today, despite its age. It’s located in the center of Rome, Italy, and it was built between 70 – 80 AD.
COVID-19 restrictions have relaxed in Italy for the first time since before Christmas, allowing the Colosseum and other museums to reopen. Students from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory played a classical selection inside the amphitheater for the special occasion. However, there were no crowds and only a few people had the privilege of listening to the concert in an almost empty arena.
The singers said that it was an emotional moment for them because there hadn’t been many concerts during the coronavirus pandemic, and they felt honored to be there on the first day of the reopening. Organizers wished the event would be a sign of hope for a new beginning.
Difficult words: amphitheater (an open oval building that was built in ancient Greece and Rome and it was used for contests and plays), AD (an abbreviation that is used to count years coming after the start of the Julian and Gregorian calendar), privilege (a special opportunity).
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