Eye | Tod's Diego Della Valle on Rome's Colosseum | Campari 2013 Calendar

Diego and Andrea Della Valle by Massimiliano MiglioradoTod’s luxury footwear chairman billionaire Diego Della Valle confirms that work will begin on Rome’s historic Colosseum in December. The company is donating $30 million to restore the global landmark, assuring Italians that he will not commercialize the restoration.

“We have done this for all the people who work in our group,” Della Valle said. “I think they have the right to expect from a company as ours, which fortunately is doing well, that we show social responsibility.”

Della Valle also urged other Italian companies to underwrite similar projects, at other historic sites. The last major effort at restoration at the Coliseum came in 1938-39. Dictator Benito Mussolini was in charge during that restoration, and he spared no expense in restoring the grandeur of the 2000 year old structure.

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In a contract made public on Aug. 4, 2010, the winner of the bid to restore the Colosseum will pay an estimated $33 million to refurbish the site, in return for exclusive advertising rights and associated perks linked to Rome’s biggest tourist attraction. The Colosseum draws more than 5 million visitors a year, producing 35 million euros in ticket sales used for other monuments in the city.

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Campari Pomegranate Grapefruit Campari Cocktail

1 cup crushed ice

4 ounces pomegranate juice, chilled

1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice

1 ounce fresh lime juice

1 ounce Campati

Pomegranate seeds (optional)

1 lime wheel for garnish

Directions: Combine ice, grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice, lime juice, and Campari in a shaker and give it a good shake. Pour into a martini glass or champagne flute. Garnish with a lime wheel and drop some pomegranate seeds into the glass. via Muy Bueno Cookbook