Sunday, April 21, 2013

NYT article: The Latest Threat to Pompeii’s Treasures: Italy’s Red Tape

An article and accompanying video have just been published in the New York Times:
The Latest Threat to Pompeii’s Treasures: Italy’s Red Tape
Destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, Pompeii survived excavation starting in the 18th century and has stoically borne the wear and tear of millions of modern-day tourists.

But now, its deep-hued frescoes, brick walls and elegant tile mosaics appear to be at risk from an even greater threat: the bureaucracy of the Italian state.

In recent years, collapses at the site have alarmed conservationists, who warn that this ancient Roman city is dangerously exposed to the elements — and is poorly served by the red tape, the lack of strategic planning and the limited personnel of the site’s troubled management.
Read the full article here. This is the video. The Italian press has picked up on this article. See here for a response in Il Mattino.