Topping the list of the best things happening to the city of Pompeii in 2016 there certainly is the new record of visitors of the archaeological excavations. This is confirmed by the more than 3 million 200 thousand tourists, who were left enchanted by the ancient wonders of the old town last year. About 15% more compared to about 2 million 900 thousand tourists in 2015, an impressive data. To repeat and emphasize this goal with great pride and amazement there was the Archaeological Superintendent Massimo Osanna during the opening ceremony of the House of the Vettii, which was also attended by the newly designated Italian Prime Minister Gentiloni and the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Dario Franceschini. It was Gentiloni himself, then, to underline the global importance of the tourist heritage of the city of Pompeii, which hides a great potential but "also with a very high margin of improvement." The city of Pompeii, in fact, is already preparing for the new year. One of the most important projects which is surely on the top of the list of things to do is a new railway hub.
This project has caused much discussion in the new town, which determined a deep split within the traders. The growth factors in determining visits have been so many, this year. What is certain is that the numerous exhibitions held over the months (for example, the one called “Egypt, Pompeii”, the 30 sculptures by the Polish artist Igor Mitoraj, the exhibition about Pink Floyd’s “Live in Pompeii” and one called "The body of the crime", etc.) have contributed much to launch the lovely image of ancient Pompeii in the world across the Italian board. Moreover, the prestigious music concerts which took place this summer helped the ruins to show that it is still a “living place”. Two were the names that have drawn, like a magnet with an increasingly strong magnetic power, tourists from around the world: Elton John and David Gilmour. The concerts of the two British artists were sold out on both the occasions. Then again, even the exhibitions of archaeological finds of Pompeii shown in the museums all around the world helped the site to increase its prestige. In short, a 2016 to be framed for the Archaeological Superintendence of Pompeii.
For New Year’s Day the site had a high amount of visitors. The special opening of the first of January and the coincidence with the free admittance of the "Sunday at the Museum", put the archaeological site of Pompeii in the leading positions among the most visited places of art in January 2017. Now tourists can also do an exhaustive and exciting erotic tour of Pompeii, including the frescoes of the brothel, the small brothel, better known as the Lupanariello, the Suburban Baths and the “House of the Vettii". There were, in fact, around 25,000 tourists visiting the site. According to the Superintendence, the “House of the Vettii” was the most visited attraction: it is the dream of all the tourists with its famous erotic representations.
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