It is possible Pompeii will soon be open in the evenings year round. In short, Pompeii can become the first major archaeological site where you can visit at night.
Dario Franceschini, the Italian Minister of Heritage and cultural activities and tourism, outlines the strategy of Pompeii during his recent visit to the ruins to present the project of Coldiretti named "EatStory", that leads into the site agricultural products and dishes of the culinary tradition of the Campania region. Same food that although differently prepared, was already the food used in ancient Pompeii two thousand years ago. The visit was to Franceschini an opportunity to put the focus on how to enhance the cultural offering of Pompeii. The minister discussed with the director of the Superintendency, Massimo Osanna, and Luigi Curatoli, director of the Great Project.
"What is the margin of growth?" has been the main question, according to the data of October 31st that have already reached the figure of 2.9 million visitors. An increase of over 6%, which gives the certainty that 2016 will be the year in which Pompeii exceeds 3 million visitors (the forecast is more than 3.1 million).
In the project of the Ministry there are two key points to build a Pompeii able to get close to the numbers of the Roman Colosseum-Forum-Palatine circuit (6 million) and compete with other sites and museums outside Italy: the extension of visiting hours to the excavations thanks to the lighting of the entire site and the almost complete viability of the ancient city, and the announced reopening this year of regions IV, V, VI and IX, most of them closed since the earthquake happened in the 1980.
The hypothesis suggested provides extended opening hours until midnight from April to November, while in winter the closure could be brought forward to 8 pm. “So, in the evening, it concretely helps the territory, those who stay up late at night who can than sleep and eat nearby.", as Franceschini said.
The head of the Cultural Heritage dreams of a worldwide project, on which to start the search for patrons who, with the Art Bonus, will support the completion of the second parcel of the excavations lighting project. By December 23rd - says the director Hosanna - "Enel Sole will restore the illuminated path that already exists between Porta Marina, the Forum and the Theaters”. On the same day it will be presented also the video surveillance system, the perimeter lighting of the excavations and the Wi-Fi system, which will also help people using the app made under the plan of the Great Pompeii project.
Also Franceschini wants to make a rail hub that, with a high-speed train, can be connected in an hour and half Rome with Pompeii.
If all these things will be realized Pompeii can certainly grow and increase its flow of tourists in short time.
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