A $142-million conservation project has begun at the long-neglected city of Pompeii. The repairs are intended to reinforce and restore two Roman homes: the Croptoportico and the Casa dei Dioscuri.
“It’s a first small step to revamp the whole area,” said European Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who inaugurated the project along with Italy’s interior, culture and regional policy ministers.
“It is absolutely necessary that we have a programme to revamp cultural sites in Italy. It is also a huge business economic opportunity,” he said.
Hahn stressed it would be carried out with “full transparency” after a series of scandals at Pompeii.
Story: Gildas Le Roux, AFP | Photo: AFP, Carlo Hermann