Inaugurated by Augustus in 13 BC and used for public performances for over four centuries, the Teatro di Marcello fell into decay after the fall of the Western Roman Empire and was converted first into a fortress and then into an aristocratic palace. Today it retains all its charm and its grandeur, and its high and well-preserved arches are a landmark in the southern area of the Campo Marzio, between the Tiber and the Capitoline Hill.
The enhancement of cultural heritage and the improvement of street connections and urban standards were at the centre of the recent renovation project of the area, carried out by Roma Capitale, Assessorato alla Crescita culturale - Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali. At its completion, the passage that connects via Montanara (what remains of the square of the same name at the foot of the Tarpea Rock, demolished in the 1930s) with the Portico di Ottavia and the Ghetto reopens to the public with free access.
The new pedestrian pathway has been built so as not to interfere with the archaeological remains and is delimited by bollards and chains that redesign the accessibility of the area. The new definition of the spaces allows to get closer to the theatre to admire the majesty of this architectural masterpiece, up to the edge of the arches, enhancing the visitor experience.