The new Italian Prime Minister has made an appeal to private investors to help restore the ruins of Pompeii.
The city of Pompeii was destroyed in 79 AD after the eruption of the volcano it was built beneath, Mt Vesuvius.
Known for its deep historical culture, the Prime Minister believes that Italy should do what it can to restore one of its greatest historical sites.
However, Italy’s culture sector has suffered harsh budget cuts and recession and the government has already called on the private sector to help restore other monuments.
Recent collapses at the Pompeii Temple of Venus and other ancient buildings have sparked anger at the slow pace at restoring the famous site.
Last year a 105-million-euro makeover of Pompeii began but so far the project has seen the benefits of only 588,000 euros, which is only 0.56% of the funds.
In order to complete the project, private investors are needed to fund the restoration.
The project is now seen as crucial for Pompeii’s survival after a number of collapses across the site where the city once stood.)
Article written by D Mulhern