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Officials have opened the top levels of the Colosseum to the public


Officials of the Rome Colosseum showed off its newly-restored fourth and fifth levels on Tuesday.

Culture minister Dario Franceschini said that Tuesday was a "great day" as the top floors were reopened after 40 years, according to The Local.

In ancient Rome, the fourth and fifth levels of the amphitheater were usually for people of lower class since the seats were the farthest from the stage.

The new levels will allow visitors to have a full view of the stadium and other historical monuments including the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. At least 4.2 million people visit the Colosseum every year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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