Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
PAESTUM

Pompeii collapses 'exaggerated' by media, site chief says

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Paestum, November 16 - Recent collapses at the
ancient city of Pompeii had been exaggerated by the media and
efforts to protect the site are progressing, according to the
Special Archaeological Superintendent for Naples and Pompeii,
Teresa Elena Cinquantaquattro.
Cinquantaquattro was speaking along with other senior
archaeological officials from the culture ministry at the 15th
annual Mediterranean Archaeological Tourism Exchange in Paestum
on how to conserve sites in southern Italy in a climate of
shrinking government funds.
"Problems exist at Pompeii but they have been exaggerated
by negative journalists," Cinquantaquattro told ANSA.
After recent falls of structures in the past two years
there has been growing concern about Italy's ability to protect
the 2,000-year-old site from further degradation and the impact
of the local mafia, the Camorra.
In April this year a wall surrounding an ancient villa at
Pompeii collapsed just two weeks after the Italian government
launched a joint 105-million-euro project with the European
Union to save the UNESCO World Heritage site.
The joint project is for the 'preservation, maintenance and
improvement' of the site to ensure its future as a tourist
attraction.
Cinquantaquattro said the EU funds were being provided in
six stages and the conservation project was expected to be
completed by 2015.
Funds are for protecting buildings at the archaeological
site, building a better water drainage system and better staff
training and management.
Figures released at the exchange by the culture ministry
showed that 44% of archaeological sites in the Magna Grecia area
of southern Italy were closed to the public due to lack of funds
or adequate staffing.
Pompeii was destroyed when a volcanic eruption from nearby
Mount Vesuvius buried the city in ash in 79AD and it now
attracts more than 2.5 million visitors a year.
In October 2011, torrential rainfall caused serious damage
to the world famous archaeological site, while violent storms
had already caused its partial collapse in 2010.

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