Two Americans who remained blocked in Italy, among the first visitors to Pompeii after the confinement

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The ruins of Pompeii, the Roman city buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, today reopen visitors among security measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as a one-way tour and with the discovery of new spaces found during closing.

Starting today, the tour will be delimited between a single entry point and two exit points, the visit will take place in turns every 15 minutes and each turn will only be accessible to a maximum of 40 people, who will be able to visit the exterior of the ruins and access the interior of some wide spaces. At the entrance, visitors will undergo a body temperature control and once inside they must wear a mask and maintain a safety distance of one meter with other people.

The opening will take place in two phases: the first, between today and June 9, will have a reduced price and is mainly looking for a local audience, from Naples and the Campania region, as mobility between regions is not yet allowed, nor with abroad. For the second phase the public will be able to access more “domus” and other closed spaces and the route will be more free.

Among the novelties is the reopening after a long period of Cornelio Rufo’s “domus”, with its famous gallery of columns and the adjoining garden. During more than two months of confinement, archaeologists have continued to work in Pompeii with the excavation of the Civita Giuliana villa, outside the complex, in which an underground gallery has been found “with great wealth in decoration”, as explained by the director of the park, Massimo Osanna, to the media.

This important town was the subject of an illegal excavation until the authorities discovered it in 2018. Since then, an area “exceptionally preserved” and which was hardly damaged by the earthquake that preceded the eruption of Vesuvius two years ago, has been under investigation. a thousand years.

A Spanish find
Recently, a team of Spanish archaeologists, made up of specialists from the University of Granada and the Valencian Restoration Institute, also found in Pompeii one of the best preserved perfumeries from Roman times. The team found a perfume production office located in the Casa de Ariadna, a domus that is located in the nerve center of this Roman city. The discovery, known last Friday, allowed a better analysis of the production chain of Roman ointments and perfumes.

Among the first visitors to the excavations are two American tourists, who traveled to Italy before confinement was decreed on March 10 and have been blocked in the country since then, according to the archaeological site. .

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