Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
NAPLES

Tomato plant springs up in ancient Roman home in Pompeii

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Naples, July 11 - A cultural watchdog on Thursday
expressed indignation over a tomato plant that flourished in the
ruin of an ancient Roman home at the Pompei archeological site
south of Naples.
''It is unacceptable and intolerable that a tomato plant
could sprout and grow in a Pompeian domus,'' said Antonio
Irlando, president of the Cultural Heritage Observatory, which
circulated a photo of a Japanese tourist next to a tomato plant
that had sprung up in one of the ruins.
''I don't want to comment upon the amazement of this
visitor,'' said Irlando, referring to the photo to be published
in the southern newspaper Il Corriere del Mezzogiorno.
''But surely weeds growing in one of the world's most
beautiful archeological sites is not a pretty image,'' Irlando
added.
Irlando called for reinforcing small maintenance efforts in
Pompeii's streets and buildings in addition to large scale
renovation and improved valorization of the ruins.

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