Pompeii Focus of Sustainable Tourism Rescue Before It Crumbles
With 2.5 million tourist visits per year, Pompei’s legacy needs to be preserved with some sensible and sustainable policies. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the rescue of Pompei will take a prolonged commitment, as well.
Excerpt from 02B
Rebuilding Pompei, the most ancient city in Rome entombed by a sea of lava an ashes when the Vesubies erupted over 2,000 years ago. That is the surgical mission that are facing up two German institutions, the Fraunhofee Institute and Munich Technical University (TUM), as assigned with an Europe-wide project to protect the archaeological site from further degradation.
Both actors are aiming at defining new strategies to protect the site in the long term, which is now crumbling due to weather erosion and the impact of 2.5 million visitors visiting the remains every year. The bail out plan is set to top up an ongoing emergency plan being implemented in the area, framed within the wider initiative Great Pompeii Project, funded by the Italian government and the EU.