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(Huffington Post)   The city of Pompeii is in dire trouble. This is not a repeat from 79 A.D   ( divider line
    More: Sad, Pompeii, Italians, Italian Police, A & D, Politics of Italy, United Press International, Prime Minister of Italy, World Heritage  
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2013-02-10 01:26:57 AM  
3 votes:
Quick! Call Pliny the Most Recent!
2013-02-10 02:23:28 AM  
2 votes:
I've been there twice and both times were not long enough to see all I wanted.  If you get a chance to go, do it.

That said, what many don't know is that a lot of the stuff is reconstructed.  A good bit of the original structures were damaged in the early excavations, which were hardly scientific and more on the lines of just looting.  Also, you have to keep two things in mind.

First, while a lot was preserved under the ash, once the ash cover was removed and the structures were exposed to the elements, they began to deteriorate.  This was not just due to weather, but  the increase in industrial pollution, largely from the 20th century on  and no real active measures taken to combat that.

Second, and this is a dirty little secret many don't want to talk about, is that in WW II, the Allies bombed the living shiat out of sections of Pompeii, mistaking it for a German position.  Large sections had to be reconstructed, hence, it is not original.  Remember seeing the casts of the bodies?  the original on site museum took a direst hit from an Allied bomb and 3/4 of those casts are gone from that.  Some survived.  Some casts on display are actually casts of the original casts, but they won't let on about that.

Still, it is a great place to visit and I'd go back in a heartbeat if I had the money now.
2013-02-10 01:37:45 AM  
2 votes:
A multi-million dollar project that close to Naples and they expected to be able to use local companies without corruption?

Simply wasn't going to happen. Roberto Saviano could have told them that.

We went there a couple years ago. We're VERY glad big money's going into the restoration. It's a fascinating and important place.

FWIW, big money's being spent on the Coliseum as well.

Can't wait to go back (would leave right now and leave everything but my camera and laptop behind if the opportunity arose).
2013-02-10 12:03:27 AM  
2 votes:
Just grab a water gun, and it'll all be okay

/everyone give thanks to the household gods.
2013-02-10 02:25:08 AM  
1 vote:
In 2002, I was on a cruise and had a day to spend there.

I decided to decline the $100 tour package and do it on my own. So I walked off the ship, found the train station and after navigating a difficult self-serve ticket machine, boarded a train.

Turns out I bought the wrong ticket. I only found out when a conductor came though the car, told me (apparently) I had bought the wrong ticket and wrote me a ticket that was worth $100 US at the time. I had to show the ticket to another US tourist so I could understand what he was saying.

So I bolted at the next station, went back to the ticket counter where there was an attendant, and bought the proper ticket.

After an enjoyable day there, I went to find a train home and wanted to get a bottle of water. Rather than just getting a bottle of water, I had a "broker" accost me and bring me to the front of the line, where he demanded his commission for the $2.00 bottle of water they sold me.

On the way home, I made the mistake of getting off two stops too early. I ended up walking a mile back to the ship through alley's filled with giant piles of burning yellow pages.

In conclusion:

Naples = Tiajuana.
2013-02-10 01:41:19 AM  
1 vote:
All I hear is echoes from '72
/hot before apostrophes
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