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Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. crosses the finish line past the Colosseum at the end of the last stage of the Giro d'Italia in Rome, May 31, 2009. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Colosseum restoration underway

A long-delayed restoration of the Colosseum's only intact internal passageway has yielded ancient traces of red, black, green and blue frescoes — as well as graffiti

and drawings of phallic symbols — indicating that the arena where

gladiators fought was far more colorful than previously thought.