Europe in tatters at Pompeii

E105m of EU money is being spent to help conserve Pompeii3500.jpg

What’s the point of loving Pompeii if we let it fall?

The ancient Roman city preserved in ash by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79 has never been more popular. The Neoclassical imitations and fashion for “Pompeiian red” that its beautiful art inspired when Pompeii first captured imaginations in the 18th century were enjoyed by an elite.



Now, large areas of Pompeii are closed off to visitors, behind ugly wire fences put up by a Neapolitan construction company after a series of collapses due to heavy rains in 2013 and 2014 caused worldwide consternation.


An emergency restoration project, funded by the EU and Italy, got under way to put right seeming years of neglect. Now it looks like a project that is scarring Pompeii as much as saving it. The fences have been slapped up carelessly looking like an urban building site.