For the first Sunday of April a great amount of tourists is expected to visit Pompeii, because of the free admittance. Every year, when spring comes to the ancient city, the high season begins and most of the regular tours start. Some people choose guided tours, some tourists come with sightseeing tours which include also the visit of the Vesuvius, some of them decide to visit the ruins by their own.
Thanks to the European funds and the commitment of the Superintendent and staff of the Directorate of The Great Pompeii Project, there will be some sites open for the first time to the public: the House of Queen Caroline, the House of the wild boar, the House of lime, the House of the doctor and the botanical Garden and the adjacent building. Also the Odeon (small theatre) has been restored.
These sites will be rotary open during the day, so it will be possible that the tours of Pompeii will be able to show only some of the new sites. Thanks to the interventions, in particular on the most compromised masonry, the removal of propping blocking access to roads and houses was possible. This will allow the return of the visitors to the whole Royal Road network.
The opening of these sites follows another opening who took place in December 2015. In fact, at the end of last year six new houses were inaugurated by the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
Pompeii has also a new media and communication plan. This plan gives a new identity to the ancient city trough a redesigned website to join the institutional and public communication, new signals, videos to tell the city through excellent testimonials. The new view gives to the visitor a “portrait of a living city”, which is also crucial in the contemporary World.
The brand name was brought back to Latin name "Pompeii", because it has the advantage of being identical in English, is evocative and allows you to stand out, albeit subtly, by the Italian name of the City of Pompeii (Pompei).
The new website provides a new information architecture and a reorganization of all pages within homogeneous sections identified in an immediate and consistent way. The goal is to improve accessibility, integrate and enhance the content, offering users both of institutional and tourist information, according to principles of usability, usefulness, attractiveness.
The creation of a new map and a new guide of the ancient city in 8 languages, which is a guidance system for the tourist, integrated and consistent with the renewed panels the visitors will find inside the archaeological site. The new information material is currently being distributed at the entrances of the ruins.
The two videos of 40 and 15 minutes were made to tell the ancient city and to understand how life was 2,000 years ago. The first video (“The voice of Pompeii”) aims to take us to learn more about the methodological approach of the Great Project Pompeii and the team that works there.
The second video, "Voices of Pompeii” wants to show the visitors how was living one day in Pompeii. It guides the tourists through the streets with some imaginary characters that represent the living humanity at the time of the destruction of the city.
Exhibition of Igor Mitoraj in Pompeii
Pompeii is a famous destination throughout the world and one of the most significant proofs of Roman civilization. It provides outstanding information on the art, customs, trades and everyday life of the past. No doubt, it is the perfect place to take a sightseeing tour enjoying the wonders that the Greek and Roman cultures have left us! And it is a perfect place for everyone who loves history and wants to do a walking tour in a suggestive and unique atmosphere.
To give greater prominence to its beauty, a new monumental exhibition has been recently scheduled in the Pompeii excavations until the 8th of January 2017 that will bring to the attention the works of Franco-Polish artist Igor Mitoraj, who passed away a short time ago. The artist was born on the 26th of March 1944 and he died on the 6th of October 2014 and, towards the end of his life, Mitoraj divided his time between Italy and Poland, where he was laden with awards, from the Vittorio De Sica prize of 2001 to an honorary degree from the Kraków Academy in 2007 and the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, conferred two years ago.
The symbolic potential of Mitoraj’s art made it ideal for religious commissions, which included two sets of bronze doors – at the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in Rome in 2006 and, three years later, at the Jesuit church of Matka Boża Łaskawa in Warsaw.
But to realize an exhibition in Pompeii was the main dream of Mitoraj in his last years and to do this right now in the ruins has been the best way to honor his memory. Moreover, the exhibition arrives in Campania after his success in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento and in the Trajan’s Forum in Rome.
The exhibition consists of 28 bronze sculptures that will be placed in different areas of the archaeological excavations, from the Sanctuary of Venus to the Forum, from the Stabian Baths to the portico of the Theatres. In particular, the grand statue of Daedulus will stand amongst the sacred Temple of Venus, whilst the figure of Ikaria, imagined by Mitoraj as the sister of Icarus and Daedulas, will be placed within the Temple of Isis. Such strategic placement of the sculptures are the result of the artistic direction of Luca Pizzi, who worked with Mitoraj as his assistant on the creation of his works for 20 years.
The elegant sculptural characters, inspired by the iconology of classical myths and legends, will coexist with the architecture of ancient Pompeii in a perfect marriage between modern and ancient culture. Through the suggestion of the lost and undiscovered, Mitoraj's work has always embodied a sense of the theatrical, a quality most likely attributed to his early training at the Krakow Academy of Art under Tadeusz Kantor, a noted playwright and artist. As Mitoraj himself described "my art is an example of this dichotomy: mesmerizing perfection attached to corrupted imperfection".
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