From the 2nd of December the ruins of Pompeii definitely come to be part of those places where everyone can enter and move without architectural barriers. It was not by chance called "Pompeii for all", an intervention implemented with the Great Pompeii Project and outlining accessibility routes and overcoming obstacles that until a few months ago made it, in fact, inaccessible to certain roads and Roman houses to anyone with walking difficulties: not only to the disabled, but also mothers with strollers, elderly and injured people.
Now visitors can easily and without architectural barriers walk through the archaeological site of Pompeii from the entrance of Porta Marina Amphitheatre, strolling along Via dell’Abbondanza, with access to the most interesting houses and most significant buildings of the site, reaching a total of twenty monuments. The Minister of Cultural and Tourism, Mr. Dario Franceschini, on the eve of the European Day for the rights of disabled persons, inaugurated "Pompeii for All", the largest facilitated itinerary of the visit to an archaeological area in Italy. The route was shown by the Director of the Great Pompeii Project, Luigi Curatoli, and the general manager of the Superintendence of Pompeii, Massimo Osanna.
All the 3 kilometers are safely passable by people in wheelchairs, mothers with children, elderly, people with stick, but also by the blind and visually impaired people. At the official opening of the route, actually already partially passable since last September, there were some associations for the promotion and defense of the rights of disabled persons.
These interventions will give the opportunity to move in the Roman city overcoming differences in height and sidewalks thanks to a new beat realized on the sidewalks and in open areas. A series of steel ramps will allow access to the complex of Julia Felix, the House of Venus in the Shell, the house of Octavius Quartio, reopened in March, or the houses of the Ephebus, the Criptoportico and the house of Sacerdos Amandus, reopened in December 2015. Then, the path will lead to the Garden of the Fugitives, the House of the Faun, the House of Castor, up to the tower which closes the path of Mercury. The route also leads to the Forum, with the ability to go through a large part of the portico of the Basilica to the Temple of Venus.
A pool of experts (engineers, architects, archaeologists) appropriately identified the most suitable technical solutions for the safety of the areas involved and therefore in the creation of such routes, considering the best environmental impact compatible with the site. The integration activities in some parts are based on the functional requirements of use in full compliance with the principles of restoration and intervention in archaeological areas. Modern materials (mixture of hydraulic concrete free from cements) reversible and removable at any time, have been used in areas with pavement distress and thus such as to create conditions of safety for visitors.
In compliance with these criteria, the expertise of the interventions, the competence of the technicians and all the necessary approvals to the transactions are the best guarantee to any intervention on the cultural heritage of Pompeii.
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