The Italian Minister of the cultural heritage, Dario Franceschini, and the Superintendent of Pompeii, Massimo Osanna, received the praise from Rudolf Niessler, General Director of Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission: “The Great Pompeii project - says Niessler - is a good practice, and the Commission regards it as a model of intervention in Europe to administrate the cultural heritage”.
A total amount of 105 million euros, of which 25% as a national share, 76 financed interventions, of which 64 are concluded, 9 are in progress and 3 are waiting for start-up: this is what the Great Pompeii project means. Franceschini says - "it's a good story, and I'm sure the images of Pompeii at night will go around the world". Yes, because thanks to the paths of sounds and lights made for the initiative called "One night in Pompeii", the excavations was open also at night for all the whole summer season. Nighttime visits to Pompeii has been realized thanks to the renewal of the lighting system of the ruins. From the Porta Marina gate to the Basilica 430 old-fashioned lighting fixtures were replaced with new LED ones that allow for energy savings of about 60 percent. There are lots of lights for the whole path which goes through the Porta Marina gate, the suburban baths until you come to the Forum, the main square of the old Roman city. The path of lights is accompanied by sound suggestions, voices and three-dimensional projections.
“The new lighting system of Pompeii - as Franceschini explains - is another important step in the revival of a unique archaeological site in the world, a journey that in three years has allowed to give back to the public 30 domus (houses), to provide Wi-fi in the entire archaeological area and to make a three-kilometer itinerary that allows full accessibility to significant parts of the excavations. Thanks to the play of lights, the lines and shapes of the ruins now shine with a renewed beauty”.
“The rebirth of Pompeii - the minister continues - is also crucial for the international image of the country. Now we must make it a landmark for the development of the entire territory, linking Pompeii with Herculaneum, Stabia and Torre Annunziata. This is one of the most beautiful areas in the world, and it needs to be valued. Pompeii is the visible evidence of how an efficient programming and an optimal use of cohesion policy resources will help to improve, in concrete and even addressing complex situations, the state and the prospects of the whole territory”.
Now the real challenge is to grow in terms of the tourist economy and receptivity. Franceschini hopes that local and private institutions will play their part.
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