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Protecting Pompeii for future generations

Campania, Italy

One of Europe’s best-known archaeological sites will be upgraded to ensure it is well protected and to increase the capacity for tourism.

The UNESCO site of Pompeii has been under excavation to varying degrees since 1748. Exposure of the excavated site as well as poor excavation techniques mean that the site has deteriorated over time. This project aims to stop and reverse the deterioration of the site while consolidating disparate sites into a single excavated area thereby extending the useable area by 23 000 m2. The project is expected to attract an average of 300 000 extra visitors per year by 2017.

Executive Plans

Five Executive Plans have been drawn up as a way to organise and oversee the various aspects of the works. The Plan of Knowledge deals with investigating the site so that the necessary interventions can be analysed and programmed. The Plan of Works will then be used as the blueprint for implementing these interventions. Services for visitors and promotional activities will be dealt with under the Plan of Fruition, Service Improvement and Communication. The Plan of Security will deal with the security systems and tele-monitoring. Finally, the Plan of Technological Reinforcement and Capacity Building will deal with technological equipment and systems for the implementation and management of the project.

Consolidation and restoration

The above-mentioned plans provide an organic planned system through which several interventions will be implemented for the preservation of the Pompeii site. Firstly, a water canalisation system for drainage is planned for the non-excavated area overlooking the ancient buildings. Also, the structures and urban profile of the site will be consolidated starting with the most high-risk areas. Restoration and enhancement works will be carried out in accordance with innovative preservation methods. In addition, the SANP (the Archaeological Superintendency of Naples and Caserta) will be supported in upgrading their technical skills and qualifications.


Technical information


European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013

Total Investment

EUR 105 000 000

EU Investment

EUR 78 000 000


Managing Authority:
Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities
Via di San Michele, 22
I-00153, Rome
Antonia, Pasqua Recchia
Tel.: +39 658434401
Fax: +39 658434404


Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei (SANP)
Piazza Museo Nazionale 19
I-80135, Naples


Piano d'azione del grande progetto Pompei

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