giovedì 21 agosto 2014

L'incredibile forza seduttiva di Pompei

Pompei rinasce con il turismo: solo nella giornata del 15 di 

Agosto, 13.000 visitatori si sono recati nel sito, per visitare le  

10 'nuove' case che non erano state rese disponibili al 

pubblico prima. Le fotografie non rendono la bellezza della 

Casa della Caccia, né la dovizia del musaico della Casa di 

Apollo, né l'estrema modernità del Thermopolio di Vetutio 

Placido, che sembra quyasi il bancone di un moderno "fast 

food joint".

Pompeii seduces thousands with 10 new houses 

 From the sumptuous frescoes of the Hunting Lodge (Casa della Caccia) to the exquisite decorations of the House of Apollo (Casa di Apollo) and vivid reliefs of the Trojan War, Pompeii is seducing visitors this summer with 10 newly restored houses, some of which had never been open to the public before

Casa della Caccia Antica [Credit: Jacques Pleau/Flickr] 

After long controversy regarding the lack of personnel at Pompeii, the ministry of culture has dispatched 30 new keepers for the holiday season, a State exam to select new janitors is in the works, and extended opening hours on Friday mean the public can stroll through the ruins after sundown. 

Mosaic at Casa di Apollo [Credit: ANSA] 

Tourists are enjoying the new sites: more than 13,000 visitors flocked to Pompeii on the August 15 national religious holiday, bringing proceeds in excess of 114,000 euros, while 122 people decided to explore the city preserved in lava during night visiting hours. 

Casa della Caccia Antica [Credit: Brett Woodvine/Flickr] 

The 10 new houses include the Thermopolium (Latin for restaurant) of Vetutius Placidus, where people could buy cooked food to go. It boasts shrines to Mercury and Dionysus (the gods of commerce and wine, respectively), a dining hall, and an adjoining mansion with a vestibule, a garden, and a dining room. 

Thermopolium of Vetutius Placidus [Credit: Vanni Archive/Corbis] 

The Ancient Hunting Lodge (Casa della Caccia Antica) is another must-see at Pompeii. According to experts, it had just undergone renovation when it was buried under meters of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. An extensive hunting scene is still visible on one of its garden walls, and its interiors are luxuriously decorated with beautiful paintings and marble-like coverings. 
Also noteworthy are the Domus Cornelia and its exquisite sculptures, the House of Apollo adorned with images of the god to which it owes its name, and the House of Achilles with its impressive reliefs of the Trojan war. 

Source: ANSA [August 19, 2014]

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