Friday 27 April 2012

Pompeii & Herculaneum: Rediscovering Roman Art & Culture

This is happening today and tomorrow - sorry  not to have picked it up sooner ...

Pompeii & Herculaneum: Rediscovering Roman Art & Culture
April 27 and 28, 2012

At the height of the Roman Empire in 79AD, a massive volcanic eruption from long-silent Mount Vesuvius tragically destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum, creating an archaeological snapshot of everyday life in two very different towns. Buried, lost, and forgotten for centuries, the ruins of the bustling city of Pompeii and the nearby seaside resort of Herculaneum were accidentally rediscovered in the eighteenth century, triggering a wave of popular excitement about Roman art and culture and providing an inexhaustible resource for archaeological research. Ongoing scientific excavations and art historical investigations continue to offer fresh insights into ancient daily life and culture, the nature of Roman urbanism, how we understand the distant past, and how that past influences the modern world.Presented in collaboration with Consul General of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Center for Modern Greek Studies and the Classics Department, San Francisco State University

Friday, April 27, 2012, 7:30 to 10:00 pm

Introductory Remarks. Patricia Lundberg and Michael Anderson

The Re-Discovery and Excavation of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Gary Devore (Classics, Stanford University). The history of excavations in Pompeii and Herculaneum is the history of the Italian nation, and also of the discipline of archaeology. The ruins of the cities destroyed in 79 CE by Mount Vesuvius were discovered and explored by antiquarians whose groundbreaking work contributed to the development of modern scientific excavation techniques. As evocative examples of daily life in the Roman Empire, Pompeii and Herculaneum also became important symbols for the recently unified Italian nation in the 19th century. Dr Devore will give a short account of the destruction and rediscovery of both ruined cities, and show how developments in archaeological methodology and nationalistic goals united to elucidate this unique insight into the ancient Roman world.

Double Performance.

The Scarlattis.
Anne-Kathryn Olsen (Soprano), Danielle Reutter-Harrah (Mezzo-Soprano), Susie FongHarpsichord), Hallie Pridham (Violoncello).

Cantatas of Alessandro Scarlatti, Founder of Neapolitan School of Opera
(Naples, 1660-1725). Introduced by Kip Cranna.
Sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti (Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti) (Naples, 1685 – Madrid,1757). Arranged by the Italian Cultural Institute and introduced by Luciano Chessa.

Saturday, April 28, 2012, 10:00 am to noon and 1:30 to 4:00 pm

The Economic Life of Pompeii.
Theodore (Ted) Peña (Classics, UC Berkeley). Pompeii provides far and away the richest body of evidence regarding the complex set of structures that characterized economic life in the Roman world. After providing an introductory overview of what we know about the economy of Pompeii, Professor Peña focuses on three topics chosen to illustrate some of the more important aspects of economic activity in the town and its surrounding territory. These include the large-scale production of wine for the export market, as evidenced by the Villa Regina and Villa B at Oplontis, the production of craft goods for local consumption, as evidenced by the Porta di Nocera pottery workshop, and finance, as evidenced by the archive of business records detailing the activities of the banker Caecilius Iucundus.

Ongoing Archaeological Research in Pompeii and Herculaneum: Perspectives from the Via Consolare Project.
Michael Anderson (Classics, SFSU). Such is the wealth of information at Pompeii and Herculaneum that significant questions yet remain to be answered, and the sites continue to be the focus of numerous international projects of archaeological research. Interest has recently centered on sub-surface excavation undertaken to explain how these sites developed and changed throughout their histories. Professor Anderson presents an overview of current archaeological research at Pompeii and Herculaneum, especially from the perspective of recent results of the Via Consolare Project in Pompeii, a project run from San Francisco State University, designed to augment and interconnect ongoing research by means of targeted excavation and architectural analysis at either end of one of the most important Pompeian thoroughfares.

Lunch Break 12-1:30

Stephanie Pearson (UC Berkeley) introduces us to The House of Julius Polybius in Pompeii: the Altair4 Reconstruction. The House of Julius Polybius comes to life again thanks to an elaborate process of visual restoration achieved by Alessandro Furlan and his team at Altair 4 Multimedia of Rome for Professor Masanori Aoyagi of the University of Tokyo. Tens of alfrescos were digitally restored and the house reconstructed virtually, with the dynamics of the Vesuvius eruption and its impact on the house enhanced. A tridimensional technique leads the spectator to discover the rooms of the house, in all their details, including the exact position of everyday objects, precisely as they were found. The visitor experiences a house that is still "alive", just a minute before the catastrophe. Some rare historical pictures showing the house at the moment of its rediscovery have been superimposed and then taken away from the corresponding virtual images: this leap in time allows for the understanding and confronting of what has really remained of the house and what has been virtually reconstructed.

If These Walls Could Speak: The Paintings of Pompeii. Lisa Pieraccini (Art History, UC Berkeley). From the Villa of the Mysteries to the House of the Vetti, Pompeian painting reveals a rich world of interior décor that speaks to us not only of fashionable painting styles and popular myths, but of the very owners who commissioned the paintings. Close examination of the interior decoration of Pompeian homes and villas shows how home owners expressed their personal beliefs and social aspirations through the subject matter chosen to decorate their walls. Likewise, public buildings and tombs provide examples of paintings used to advertise not only one’s business, but ultimately, one’s social status and social aspirations. Professor Pieraccini provides an analysis of a select group of both private and public paintings that reveal the competitive and intricate world of"display" in Pompeii.Panel Discussion with all Presenters and written questions from the Audience.

Related Events

The Ancient Roman World in Film
Gary Devore (Classics, Stanford)
April 2, 2012, Noon
Commonwealth Club of California
595 Market Street, SF

Step back in time with a director of Pompeiian excavations, as Gary Devore explores how we continually re-imagine Romans through film. "Fall of the Roman Empire" (1964) uses Roman political decline to comment on then current politics and race relations in America. "Spartacus" (1960) is Kubrick's attempt to revitalize the left after the McCarthy era. "Gladiator" (2000) is a hyper-masculine answer to feminism's recent triumphs. Fellini's "Satyricon" (1968) riffs on how Mussolini (and others) ransacked ancient history. And then there's always "Monty Python's Life of Brian" (1979).

In association with the Humanities Member-Led Forum.
$8 members, $20 public

A Day in the Life of an Archaeologist at Pompeii
Stephanie Pearson (History of Art, UC Berkeley)
A Humanities Member-Led Forum
April 26, 2012, 6 pm
Commonwealth Club of California
595 Market Street, SF

We all know that archaeology in the real world does not closely resemble an Indiana Jones movie. But then what is it like? Understanding the archaeological process by which we gain knowledge about the ancient Roman world is as important as understanding the remains themselves; indeed, the process profoundly affects our interpretation of the ancient evidence. The steps involved in conducting an excavation are numerous but straightforward, and in this talk Ms. Pearson explains and illustrates a selection of them by drawing on her own experience working with the Via Consolare Project in Pompeii. From setting up a home base for the archaeological team, to acquiring the necessary supplies in a foreign country, to framing the goals and research questions, to excavating and processing artifacts, to closing up and preparing for next year - this is a day in the life of an archaeologist at Pompeii.

$8 Commonwealth Club members
$20 non-members

Humanities West Book Discussion with Lynn Harris
The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost & Found by Mary Beard

Destroyed by Vesuvius in 79 CE, the ruins of Pompeii offer the best evidence we have of life in the Roman Empire. In The Fires of Vesuvius, acclaimed historian Mary Beard explores what kind of town it was—more like Calcutta or the Costa del Sol?—and what it can tell us about "ordinary" life there. From sex to politics, food to religion, slavery to literacy, Beard offers us the big picture even as she takes us close enough to the past to smell the bad breath and see the intestinal tapeworms of the inhabitants of the lost city. She resurrects the Temple of Isis as a testament to ancient multiculturalism. At the Suburban Baths we go from communal bathing to hygiene to erotica.

April 4, 2012
5:30 to 6:30 pm
Board Room, Commonwealth Club of San Francisco
595 Market Street.
Co-Sponsored by the Humanities Member-Led Forum
Free to Members of Commonwealth Club
$5 for non-members

Fireside Chat with George Hammond
A Notre Dame/Paris Preview

Note New time:
April 24, 2012
6:30 pm
Orinda Library, Orinda

Humanities West Book Discussion with Lynn Harris
The Last Days of Pompeii by Baron Edward Bulwer Lytton

From the author famous for his opening line "It was a dark and stormy night . . ." we will examine the classic Victorian tale of the last days of Pompeii, doomed city that lay at the feet of Mount Vesuvius. From poets to flower-girls, gladiators to Roman tribunes, here is a plausible story of their lives, their loves, and the tragic fate that awaited them.

May 9, 2012
5:30 to 6:30 pm
Board Room, Commonwealth Club of San Francisco
595 Market Street.
Co-Sponsored by the Humanities Member-Led Forum
Free to Members of Commonwealth Club
$5 for non-members

Primo Maggio 2012

Tuesday 1st May you can visit many state museums for only one euro. 
Again this year, for Workers' Day, the Ministry of Culture is offering both Italian and international visitors the chance to know and rediscover our significant cultural and artistic heritage at a token price. More information and listing of museums and sites here.

Martedi 1° maggio molti musei statali saranno visitabili al costo di un solo euro.

Anche quest’anno dunque il MiBAC in occasione della festa dei lavoratori offre la possibilità a tutti gli italiani e ai turisti stranieri di conoscere e riscoprire il nostro grande patrimonio culturale e artistico ad un prezzo simbolico.
Per ulteriori informazioni e l'elenco dei musei e dei siti archeologici, cliccare qui.

Sunday 22 April 2012

Another collapse: Regio V

Another collapse in Pompeii. And I was there just the day before.
The journalist does not specify which house: he says that it is a house without a name in Regio V, already closed to the public.

Friday 20 April 2012

Apolline Project – Call for participants

For those seeking experience in archaeological fieldwork this summer, the Apolline Project in the Campania region of Italy is now welcoming applications from students of all levels to participate in a major Roman dig. The site of Pollena Trocchia centres on a post-AD 79 bathhouse which seems likely to be part of a larger villa complex. The nearby sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum have made the powers of preservation of volcanic eruptions famous and Pollena Trocchia is another demonstration of this. The various eruptions down the centuries have helped archaeologists piece together a clear chronology; periods of habitation are interrupted by volcanic deposits that are often metres in depth. A diverse range of finds have been excavated and those participants with a special interest in human remains, ceramics, architecture, building materials and paleobotany will likely be well catered for.
The excavation runs from June 11th to July 27th and participants must stay for a minimum of two weeks but there is no maximum; you are free to stay for the entire duration of the excavation if you so choose. For American and other non-European participants the fee is 350USD and for British participants 200GBP. Participants from other European countries pay 250EUR. This includes all tuition and accommodation irrespective of your length of stay. The deadline for applications is May 10th. Further details can be found on our website at


Oplontis in the press

Two articles in the Italian press about the condition of Oplontis:

Se l'antica Villa di Poppea soffoca tra cemento e degrado

Villa di Poppea, vergogna continua: soffoca tra cemento e degrado

Thursday 19 April 2012

Video: Imaging the Herculaneum Scrolls

Saw this on AWOL (Ancient World Online):

Video: Imaging the Herculaneum Scrolls

Cafe Pompeii? Concrete 'lava' flows into upmarket New York City hotel Le Parker Meridien

This just made me chuckle, from the Daily Mail:
Cafe Pompeii? Concrete 'lava' flows into upmarket New York City hotel Le Parker Meridien

Pounds of oozing cement gushed into the cafe of the posh Le Parker Meridien hotel this morning following a midtown construction accident.

Workers were pouring concrete next door to the 56th Street hotel just before noon when it all went awry, causing untold damage to the hotel's tony coffee spot, Knave.

Photographs from the scene show that the concrete was nearly a foot deep at the four-star hotel before the machine could be stopped.
Read more here.

Pompei - Caldoro: "sugli scavi straordinario intervento con fondi europei"

Pompei - Caldoro: "sugli scavi straordinario intervento con fondi europei"
Il presidente della Regione Campania in un video messaggio sul suo blog spiega quanto fatto dalla sua Giunta per Pompei .

See the article and link to the video message here.

Wednesday 18 April 2012

News: A Capri riaprono gli scavi di Villa Jovis, un tesoro che riapre ai visitatori

From MetropolisWeb:
A Capri riaprono gli scavi di Villa Jovis, un tesoro che riapre ai visitatori

Riaprono al pubblico da domani mattina, dopo il periodo invernale di chiusura, gli scavi archeologici di Villa Jovis a Capri. La Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei ha comunicato che da domenica 1 aprile la visita al sito archeologico di Villa Jovis sarà possibile sei giorni a settimana quando i cancelli resteranno aperti a turisti e visitatori dalle ore 11 alle ore 15. Il giorno di chiusura è fissato il martedì nella prima metà del mese e la domenica nella seconda metà del mese.
Read the full article here.

Tuesday 17 April 2012

L'Année Philologique en danger

The Année Philologique, a critical and analytical bibliography of Greco-Latin Antiquity, has existed since the 1920s : over the years, its generalist orientation has made it a working tool that is useful for all, whatever one's specialty may be. Since its creation and its dissemination on paper, it has been a bibliographical tool that is universally recognized, utilized, and appreciated by students of Antiquity throughout the world. Since 2002, its dissemination online has facilitated the access of an ever-broader public to the bibliographical data it offers.
However, this irreplaceable tool is threatened, in the very near future, with disappearing in its current form, and perhaps with simply ceasing publication.
More details here, with a petition.
Text in French, English, German, Italian, Spanish.

Monday 16 April 2012

Corso di perfezionamento in Legni e carboni

Anyone interested in environmental archaeology and/or landscape archaeology in the Vesuvian area, may be interested in a course on Wood and Charcoal Analysis in the Mediterranean Area organized by the University of Naples "Federico II" (Portici campus). The course will be hands on, with a contribution from the Herculaneum Centre to ensure that the rich local archaeological evidence is used.

Se siete stanchi dei soliti reperti, se credete che le scienze ambientali in archeologia possano aprirvi nuove prospettive, questo corso fa per voi. In una settimana vi insegnamo a riconoscere la struttura anatomica di legno e carbone, a identificarne la specie di provenienza, a interpretare i dati, a descrivere e raccontare il paesaggio del passato. Leggete la presentazione del corso e non esitate a contattarci.
Ci sono ancora 15 giorni di tempo per iscrivervi!

Ulteriori informazioni qui

Thursday 12 April 2012

Press release: “SALVALARTE”:

From the SANP Press Office, news of some special visits to the women's section of the Stabian Baths during the Week of Culture:
Siti archeologici vesuviani
XIV Settimana della Cultura
14-22 aprile, ingresso gratuito e visite speciali

In occasione della XIV Settimana della Cultura“SALVALARTE”, promossa dal Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, che prevede l’ingresso gratuito in tutti i luoghi d’arte dal 14 al 22 aprile, gli scavi di Pompei propongono visite d’eccezione alla inedita sezione femminile delle Terme Stabiane, di recente riaperte al pubblico dopo il restauro e visite tematiche agli orti e giardini.

Le visite alla sezione femminile delle Terme Stabiane, due al giorno, alle ore 11,00 e 12,00 per gruppi di massimo 25 persone per turno di visita, sono a cura della Pierreci Codess ed esclusivamente su prenotazione allo 081.8575327 (ore 9,00 - 15,00 dal lunedì al venerdì) fino ad esaurimento posti.

Le visite guidate dedicate agli Orti e Giardini all’ombra del Vesuvio prevedono invece visita alle domus e agli edifici aperti al pubblico degli scavi di Pompei secondo un itinerario dedicato alle essenze vegetali coltivate e spontanee, a cura di Pierreci Codess e su prenotazione allo 848800288

A Stabia infine il 22 aprile alle ore 11,00 e 13,00 sono previste visite libere precedute da un servizio di accoglienza e illustrazione delle Villa Arianna e Villa San Marco, a cura di LEGAMBIENTE-Circolo Woodwardia di Castellammare di Stabia. Per informazioni dott. Stefano Scanu tel. 3286991621 o ufficio Formazione per il Pubblico - Servizio I (tel. 081 8575229/225);

Per info:

Pompei, 10 aprile 2012 L’ufficio stampa

Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei
Via Villa dei Misteri, 2
80045 Pompei NA
Tel. 081.8575220
Fax 081.8575234

Radio interviews with Andrew Wallace-Hadrill on Herculaneum

Two radio interviews with Andrew Wallace-Hadrill on Herculaneum, the Herculaneum Conservation Project and the challenges of conserving the Vesuvian sites. Both are available online as podcasts.

Interview in Italian for the programme Zazà (Radio Rai 2)

Interview in English for the programme Prof Talk (University of British Columbia radio)

Monday 9 April 2012

Restoration projects in Pompeii

Being late for a few days, here is the list of the houses that should be restored from May on (or so):

- Casa del Marinaio (VII 5, 15)
- Casa dei Dioscuri (VI 9, 6)Lien- Casa delle pareti rosse (VIII 5, 37)
- Casa del Criptoportico (I 6, 2)
- Casa di Sirico (VII 1, 25)

Once the call for bids over (April 24th), there will be a public opening of those (May 4th). Then, after the decision, these houses might be strictly closed to any visit for 550 days.

Thursday 5 April 2012

Conference paper: tourism at Pompeii

I've just come across this conference paper in Italian on the visitor management problems at Pompeii by Tsao Cevoli - of great interest because it's the first time I've come across a good collection of data related to Pompeii's tourism.

Il turismo e la fruizione del patrimonio culturale rappresentano in generale un fattore di tutela del patrimonio stesso, in quanto attività economicamente produttive, sia direttamente che indirettamente (attraverso l’indotto) ed in particolare produttrici di reddito in parte investito o potenzialmente investibile nelle politiche di conservazione del patrimonio culturale stesso che ha generato tale reddito. Il movimento dei flussi turistici all’interno di un’area archeologica rappresenta, tuttavia, indubbiamente anche un fattore di degrado delle evidenze archeologiche. Nel presente contributo, attraverso la raccolta e l’analisi di diversi dati, si analizza come il movimento e il comportamento dei flussi turistici all’interno di un’area archeologica come Pompei possa rappresentare un fattore di degrado delle evidenze archeologiche, in particolare di quelle più sensibili come le superfici parietali con decorazioni pittoriche e le pavimentazioni musive. Pompei, con i suoi circa 2.500.000 visitatori annui rappresenta, infatti, un caso di studio esemplare per osservare ed analizzare il movimento dei flussi turistici, i comportamenti potenzialmente dannosi per il patrimonio archeologico da parte del pubblico, i danni prodotti e teorizzare gli strumenti di gestione da mettere in atto nella governance dei flussi turistici, per ridurre al minimo tale azione antropica di degrado.

News Article: Il restauro sventurato del Teatro di Pompei

From Corriere Della Sera:

Inaugurato dal maestro Muti nel 2010, è deturpato da container mai rimossi

Il maestro Riccardo Muti, appena ha un attimo di tempo, dovrebbe precipitarsi a Pompei. E una volta lì andare a vedere cosa è oggi il Teatro che lui, la sera del 10 giugno 2010, inaugurò nella sua nuova struttura edilizia dopo la ristrutturazione compiuta sotto la supervisione (sic...) del commissario della Protezione civile Marcello Fiori e compiuta dalla Caccavo Srl di Pontecagnano, la ditta familiare di una certa Anna Maria Caccavo, assai apprezzata dall'allora braccio destro di Guido Bertolaso.

Continues here


Fourth Herculaneum Conference of the Friends of Herculaneum Society

Posting on behalf of the Friends of Herculaneum Society:

Details of the Fourth Herculaneum Conference of the Friends of Herculaneum Society together with the Herculaneum Centre (22-24 June 2012) in Ercolano are now available on our website. Join us for 3 days of site visits, talks and exhibitions in convivial company in Herculaneum and Naples. Visit us on Facebook!

Press conference: Pompei: il Governo presenta il piano di rilancio del sito archeologico

Today there will be press conference about Pompeii - after last week's confirmation of EC funding, the government will announce how the projects on which the money will be spent.

Personal comment: the fact that this press conference is taking place without any connection to the Soprintendenza is incredibly worrying and does not bode well for future plans.

In conferenza stampa, i dettagli del “Protocollo di legalità” per prevenire le infiltrazioni criminali.

Dopo il via libera della Commissione europea al Grande Progetto Pompei, giovedì 5 aprile alle ore 10.30 presso la Prefettura di Napoli, il Governo presenterà alla stampa i contenuti dei primi 5 Bandi per il rilancio del sito archeologico campano. Verranno illustrate anche le linee del “Protocollo di legalità” stipulato per prevenire eventuali infiltrazioni criminali nell’ambito dei lavori di recupero e messa in sicurezza dell’area archeologica.

For more, click here.

Tuesday 3 April 2012

Dear Colleagues:
I would like to draw your attention to several book reviews recently published in the American Journal of Archaeology (116.2 [April 2012]) that may be of interest to the group; AJA reviews are available free online at

The Art of Building in the Classical World: Vision, Craftsmanship, and Linear Perspective in Greek and Roman Architecture
By John Senseney
Reviewed by Thomas Noble Howe
The Formation of Roman Urbanism 338–200 B.C.: Between Contemporary Foreign Influence and Roman Tradition
By Jamie Sewell
Reviewed by Ray Laurence
Roman Imperialism and Civic Patronage: Form, Meaning, and Ideology in Monumental Fountain Complexes
By Brenda Longfellow
Reviewed by Barbara Burrell
Elisabetta Cova
Assistant Professor of Classics
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Co-Editor, Book Reviews
American Journal of Archaeology

Monday 2 April 2012

The Pompeii Quadriporticus Project is pleased to announce that our second publication is now available at the FastiOnline: E. Poehler and S. Ellis. 2012. "The 2011 Season of the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project: The Southern and Northern Sides."

For more information, please see our project website or contact Eric Poehler.

Sunday 1 April 2012

Inscriptiones Parietariae Pompeianae - CIL IV et suppl. partes I-II - On line (Arachne)

Since last year, the DAIR started to digitise all CIL volumes, in collaboration with other Roman libraries (AAR, EFR).
11 volumes have been released so far, with a free access after inscription. The first three volumes Pompeii are now on line, on Arachne (where some other Pompeian books are also available):
Inscriptiones parietariae Pompeianae, Herculanenses, Stabianae (CIL IV, first volume by R. Schoene).

Inscriptionum parietariarum Pompeianarum supplementum. Inscriptiones parietariae et vasorum fictilium (Mau's supplement, CIL IV, suppl. 2).

All of this is more than useful, even some inscriptions might have been revised in the fourth supplement published last Dicember.

News article: Pompei, la Commissione Ue approva i fondi per il restauro: 105 milioni

From Il Mattino:

POMPEI - La Commissione Ue ha oggi approvato fondi per sostenere il restauro di Pompei. Il progetto «preservazione, mantenimento e miglioramento» del sito archeologico potrà contare su un investimento di 105 milioni di euro «combinando contributi Ue e nazionali», riferisce la Commissione.

L'obiettivo dell'investimento europeo è «conservare il sito in quanto attrazione turistica sostenibile per la regione». Il contributo Ue fa seguito ad una richiesta dell'Italia e ad un piano di azione concordato con l'esecutivo europeo nel quale si è accertata l' entità dei lavori necessari per la riabilitazione di Pompei, dopo i danni provocati dalle piogge torrenziali di fine ottobre 2011 che si sono aggiunti a quelli causati dalle violente tempeste del 2010.
More here.

News article: Fondi europei per la Casa dei gladiatori / UE ai ripari del sito di Pompei

Seen on Rome the imperial fora 1995-2010, Martin G. Conde's blog, two articles from Il Sole 24 ore (10/03/2012):
Arrivano i fondi europei per la Casa dei Gladiatori
105 millions of Euros given by EU in order to restore the site, or at least 5 houses at risk. 'Casa dei gladiatori' might be a mistake for Schola armamentarum.
La Ue corre ai ripari (del sito di Pompei)
Explains how restorations are scheduled before the end of 2012.

More here.

News article: Un super-prefetto per salvare Pompei vigilerà contro le infiltrazioni della camorra


Un super-prefetto per salvare Pompei vigilerà contro le infiltrazioni della camorra

Sarà Fernando Guida, attuale vice-prefetto, a cercare di salvare il sito archeologico dalla criminalità. L'annuncio sarà dato giovedì. Dovrà vigilare sui 105 milioni di euro sbloccati dall'Unione Europea per i restauri

Non solo archeologi. E neanche solo architetti. Per salvare Pompei arriverà anche un prefetto. Avrà il compito di vigilare che vengano ben spesi i tanti soldi che l'Europa ha destinato per il restauro e la salvaguardia del sito. E di assicurare che sui 105 milioni appena approvati dalla Commissione di Bruxelles non possa mettere le mani la camorra.

Si conosce anche il suo nome: Fernando Guida, attualmente viceprefetto, responsabile dell'ufficio che al ministero dell'Interno si occupa dello scioglimento dei consigli comunali condizionati dalla criminalità.

More here.

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