McDonald's in Italy

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McDonald’s Opens Over Ancient Roman Road

The archaeological discovery was made during the restaurant’s construction
McDonald's in Italy

Wikimedia/Sergio Calleda

A 2000-year-old Roman road was discovered underneath the site of a future McDonald's, so they gave the restaurant a see-through floor.

McDonald’s ruffled some feathers in Italy when it decided to open a restaurant next to the Vatican, and now a new Italian McDonald’s has opened right on top of an ancient Roman road.

According to The Local, the road was discovered when construction on the restaurant began in 2014. Stumbling onto a Roman road that dates to the second century B.C.E. meant that construction on the restaurant was delayed while archaeologists excavated the find--this is not a particularly unusual experience when trying to build something in Italy--and McDonald’s wound up financing the restoration project and then building a see-through floor into the restaurant so people can look at the ancient road while they eat their burgers.

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Now the McDonald’s has opened as a “restaurant-museum” where people can visit the road, and there’s a children’s route for young kids to explore. The restaurant will also be hosting guides who can talk about the area and the street below the restaurant, and access to the road is free to the public and not contingent upon spending money at McDonald’s.