Rome’s ancient Colosseum, the famous arena where gladiators and wild animals once clashed in violent combat, will soon have a new retractable floor built over its center. 

“You will be able to walk on it and go to the center of the Colosseum, seeing it in the same way as visitors used to up to the end of the 19th century,” the Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said at a press conference on Sunday (May 2), Reuters reported. Archaeologists removed the last arena floor in the early 19th century, in order to excavate and restore the network of secret tunnels below, and the floor was never fully replaced, The Guardian reported.