Friday, 27 February 2009
And back to the subject of famous visitors to the excavations (which by now you should realise fascinates me!), last Thursday (21st Feb 2009) the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, visited Herculaneum. Her entourage wasn't as big as Pius IX's, and excavations weren't staged for her entertainment, but she was accompanied by Gaetano Daniele (the mayor), Maria Paola Guidobaldi (the director of the excavations) and Andrew Wallace Hadrill (who needs no introduction!). You can watch the visit on UTube.