Good news for woe-plagued Pompeii: 6 restored sites now open

Good news for woe-plagued Pompeii: 6 restored sites now open
24 December 2015


A detail of a graffiti inside the Fullonica di Stephan's, one of the six domus reopened to the public in the archaeological venue of the ancient Roman town of Pompeii, near Naples, Italy, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

ROME (AP) — Tourists in ancient Pompeii have freshly-restored marvels to admire, including a merchant's luxuriously decorated home and a more modest middle-class dwelling.


A business where Pompeii residents brought fabrics to be cared for and a structure with thermal bathing areas are also among the six buildings opened to the public Thursday.

Pompeii in recent years has been plagued by labor disputes that locked out tourists and the collapse of some ruins, with funding chronically short for maintenance. But Premier Matteo Renzi expressed optimism at the unveiling of restored ruins in the city destroyed in 79 by a volcanic eruption. "We made news with the collapses, now we are making news with restoration," he said. "These are houses of extraordinary importance, because they show a very original and particular cross section of life during ancient Pompeii," said Antonio Irlando, President of Cultural Heritage Observer.

Well-preserved mosaic tiles and vividly-hued frescoes are in the restored sites in the sprawling ruins near Naples.


A man and two children admire the Casa di Fabius Amandio, one of the six domus reopened to the public in the archaeological venue of the ancient Roman town of Pompeii, near Naples, Italy, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)


A tourist walks in the Casa dell'Efebo, one of the six domus reopened to the public in the archaeological venue of the ancient Roman town of Pompeii, near Naples, Italy, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)


A child walks past a mosaic in the III century BC's Casa del Criptoportico, one of the six domus reopened to the public in the archaeological venue of the ancient Roman town of Pompeii, near Naples, Italy, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)


A tourist takes pictures to a fresco in the II century BC's Casa di Paquius Proculus, one of the six domus reopened to the public in the archaeological venue of the ancient Roman town of Pompeii, near Naples, Italy, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)


A view of the II century BC's Casa di Paquius Proculus, one of the six domus reopened to the public in the archaeological venue of the ancient Roman town of Pompeii, near Naples, Italy, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)


Journalists take shots in the II century BC's Casa di Paquius Proculus, one of the six domus reopened to the public in the archaeological venue of the ancient Roman town of Pompeii, near Naples, Italy, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)


A tourist walks in the II century BC's Casa di Paquius Proculus, one of the six domus reopened to the public in the archaeological venue of the ancient Roman town of Pompeii, near Naples, Italy, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

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