The House of Lovers, which had been closed to the public following the 1980 Irpina earthquake, reopens its doors along with two other structures. These three ancient domus were restored as part of the EU-founded Great Pompeii Project.
Massimo Osanna, the Executive Director of the archeological park of Pompeii, believes that now is the opportune moment for the site to take on new initiatives. After having undergone necessary restorations, he is looking to relaunch Pompeii towards a new successful path.
Excavations for Rome’s new subway lead to the discovery of two 3rd century edifices near the Aurelian Walls, with archaeologists hailing the find as a “mini Pompeii” in reference to its well-preserved nature.
On May 26th, the special unit of the Carabinieri police devoted to the protection of cultural heritage recovered three frescoes stolen from Pompeii and smuggled out of Italy in 1957 along with other ancient artworks that had ended up in the United States through the illegal art market. Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini took the opportunity to address the grave issue of defending the world’s cultural heritage from increasing threats, whether it be in the form of illegal trafficking or of targeted destruction by terrorist groups like ISIS.
New restoration work began in May 2013 on the Villa of the Mysteries, named for the frescoes covering the walls of the well preserved building. The most prominent interpretation of these frescoes is the initiation of a woman into the cult of Dionysus.
Judith Harris, our Rome correspondent, was asked to apply her expertise on Pompeii for this season's exhibit at Discovery Times Square. She shares thoughts on the exhibit, her attraction to Pompeii, and experiences as a journalist in Italy