Protecting Pompeii for future generations

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

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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 200 000 extra visitors per year.

Consolidation and restoration

Several interventions continue to 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.

European Union support

The EU has been supporting the Pompeii restoration works since the 2000-2006 period. In 2012 the project was allocated EUR 105 million, of which around 40 million have been used in a first phase. The project is expected to be completed in December 2018.

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