Pompeii will become an archaeological park and will be headed by a director-manager, as well as the new autonomous museums, chosen by an international selection. It is the umpteenth piece of the Italian Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini’s reform that was rumored for some time in the long corridors of the headquarters of the ministry in Via del Collegio Romano. The decree was presented yesterday to the Higher Council of Culture and the unions and it was shown in Rome at a press conference by the head of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism that outlined the reorganization of the Special Commission for the Colosseum and the Central Archaeological Area of Rome and the Superintendence of Pompeii.
The Colosseum of Rome, the other flagship of Italian archeology, in fact follow the Pompeii model with which it shares the podium of the most visited places of art of the country: even the Flavian Amphitheatre, in fact, will become an Archaeological Park along with Palatine, the Forum and the Domus Aurea, and it will be “decoupled” from the special archaeological Superintendency. Pompeii has returned autonomous from Naples in 2014 and in a few months was "separate" also from Herculaneum, another archaeological park recently established by the minister.
In fact, apart from the name, Pompeii will also be an archaeological park as Paestum, Herculaneum, the Campi Flegrei. However, for a while nothing should change for the site of Vesuvius : Massimo Osanna, the archaeologist from the University of Basilicata who is heading the Superintence since 2014, which led the ancient Roman city out of the dust of the collapses, known for making it shine for continuous new openings and re-openings and also for the organization of extraordinary events - 2016 was the year of Mitoraj, Elton John, David Gilmour and the statues of pharaohs under Vesuvius - for participation in major exhibitions abroad and for the collaboration agreements with prestigious national and international structures, will remain until the expiry of his term, at the beginning of 2019 .
His successor, who will have the same skills in the protection and enhancement, will be chosen by an international competition, also open to European citizens, as happened with all new museum directors made autonomous from Franceschini reform.
Finally, an important innovation is arriving in 2017. "This year, as Superintendent I will launch a ticket valid for two days, just to encourage the permanence and lengthen the average stay," says Massimo Osanna. A novelty that will be welcomed, especially, among the traders and hoteliers of Pompeii to counter the hit and run tourism. The city's associations already show high hopes and good intentions for 2017. "It 'obvious that if a visitor decides to sleep one night in Pompeii or in the surrounding area, they must then find welcoming and safe places, with good hospitality and an efficient transport system. Otherwise it is likely to be useless” concludes, then, Massimo Osanna who seems to want to give confidence in the potential, as well as that of the old city, also of the modern city of Pompeii.
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