Starting with the Facebook and Twitter profiles that since the 11th of April have been opened, there is also the Instagram page, (all three in Italian and in English). There will be a new website ready soon to provide new information and the reorganization of all the pages will make key sections of the website identifiable immediately and consistently. The goal is to improve accessibility, integrate and enhance the content, offering users both the most touristic aspect as well as institutional information. The new website will increasingly be the first point of entry to the ancient city and the main vehicle of information, as well as the new map and guide in eight languages.
The English Facebook page is “Pompeii Sites”. On this page visitors can post their own photos and videos, tag people and also locate others. People can also rate the site, leave comments, talk about their guided tours and share their experience.
Due to the unicity of the 140-character social media, on the Twitter account of the Superintendence of Pompeii (@pompeii_sites) users can interact with the staff. It will probably be a good opportunity to pose questions and receive information in a quick way. The account will retweet the more interesting and fascinating photos of the site, and the hashtag #pompeii is going to become very popular. With the Periscope app, it will be possible to see live events.
As previously written, there is also an Instagram account. Here, the users will be able to follow and see all the events that will take place in the ruins. Actually, users can see two photos only. The first one is a wallpaper, the second one is about a night time guided tour through the excavations. There are some virtual reality installations and multimedia productions that will be available by the end of April.
However, the development of the site is not only about social media. Among the most significant developments, there is the ID system with disposable bracelets that will be provided to visitors that will allow a temporary exit from the site, able to return by the same day through the four gates of Porta Marina, Piazza Esedra, Piazza Anfiteatro and Villa of Mysteries (something currently not possible). This is an important innovation because of the size of the site. In fact, this Unesco World Heritage site is 660,000 square meters large. Now visitors will be able to exit the ruins to have lunch or, maybe, to take some rest and then go back inside the site to make their tour more complete.
This is also a good opportunity to try restaurants, bars, bakeries and confectioneries of the new city of Pompeii. As many tourists know, Campania is widely famous to be a place where people can have a large variety of tasty and good quality food. Visitors will also have the chance to taste the local wine called Lacryma Christi, a type of wine produced on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, in a unique location.
Staff at Flashback Journey to Pompeii. Our goal is to bring you up-to-date information on events, continuing archeological excavations and more on Pompeii.