It is not a mystery that Pompeii is one of the most fascinating and visited archaeological sites in the world thanks to its ancient and rich history. Those who walk on the streets of the ancient Roman city destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD live an exciting experience that soon could be seen from another perspective.
The archaeological site of Pompeii, after a long period of neglect and carelessness, reported in 2001 by the European Union and culminated in 2012 with a series of collapses, is finally under the attention of the Italian Government, which has intervened about the protection and preservation of the richest archaeological site in the world. In fact, with the Great Pompeii Project (approved in 2013) there have been allocated over 100 million euros for the rehabilitation of the site.
A director and a group of archaeologists, scholars and technicians have been appointed to deal with the serious problems facing the wide archaeological area. Work goes forward quickly in order to respect the indications of the funding program and to give the right image in Pompeii confirming its membership in the World Heritage.
In addition to the interventions on the archaeological remains, there are now a lot of events aimed at improving the reception in Pompeii, finally understanding that the tourism of the ruins has a significant economic impact. If Pompeii becomes more accessible, especially with an efficient public transport, the flow of visitors and their satisfaction increases. And, in terms of accessibility, it would also be useful to have a better overview of the excavation from the above, for example. It would be a big plus for a total use of the archaeological site, whereas today this vision is possible only from the slopes of Vesuvius, distant and not very adequate.
See, also from above, the domus of Pompeii, its theaters and amphitheaters will always be exciting and magical and it will also be an opportunity for the faithfuls to be able to see the Shrine of Pompeii from a different perspective. The idea would be to build a tower of about 150 meters high such as to allow the full perception of the area of the excavations. The tower should be located south of the ruins, where there was the sea before the lava. A transparent tower that through its elevated structures, steel pillars, lift and stairs, let's one see the imposing silhouette of the volcano.
This is a project made by Aldo Capasso, professor of Technology of Architecture at the University Federico II, located in Naples. The shape of the building should imitate, in the lower part dedicated to the reception, the same shape of the Mount Vesuvius, while the upper part of the panoramic platform would have the shape of an inverted cone given by eruptive launches.
Currently this is only an idea but, if it goes through, it will certainly be an additional strength for the archaeological site that can become more touristically attractive.
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