Ancient Roman theme park opens its doors

Step back in time at this ancient Roman theme park

Location: Rome, Italy

‘Roma World’ allows visitors to be a gladiator for a day

stroll through the stalls of the ancient market

and eat dishes worthy of a Roman legionary

Its owners hope it will appeal to visitors sick of being indoors

(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) CEO OF CINECITTÀ WORLD, STEFANO CIGARINI, SAYING:

"There is the desire to go back to life, but I have noticed that more is sought for fun that has a meaning, that leaves something behind, an experience that is not an end in itself, but that also enriches internally. We had the time to be alone, to think, to reflect on life and on the important things. Spending a day with loved ones, entertaining the children, making them learn something and have fun, I believe it will be the new direction of fun. It will no longer be fun for its own sake."

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