In Pompeii the works of the project "Pompeii for everybody - accessibility routes and the elimination of architectural barriers" are proceeding. Once completed, anyone (also the physically disabled and the parents with strollers) will be able to visit in an easy manner and without crossing barrier the archaeological site of Pompeii from the entrance of Porta Marina to the Amphitheatre Square, strolling along the main street of the excavations, the street of the Abundance, with access to various houses and significant buildings of the site.
The trail, created as part of the Great Pompeii Project, finally responds to the demands, so often stressed by a large proportion of users, about easy access to the archaeological site of Pompeii able to put everyone in a position to benefit from this unique world heritage site as fully as possible and not limiting the visit to the sunny areas near the entrances.
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 cultural heritage and even more archaeological, which in such projects, especially in Pompeii, may easily be the object of attention and often unwise judgments by those who observe from outside a specific context.
At present the concerned areas are covering:
1. The traits of the Region I among the insulae 21 and 22, where visitors can see the implementation of the new pavement, instead of only one made in the past decades, uneven in many places.
2. Some stretches of sidewalk along the Via delle Terme (Region VI) and the Insula Occidentalis.
Also being installed is a more significant ramp of access to many buildings of the site along the way which are completely removable. By the end of September the female section of the Stabian Baths will be reopened, in which, as a result the removal of the existing metal walkway and before the installation of a new fully accessible, conservation work on the pavements were made.
As of September a preservation project of 12 public fountains will also be launched, according to a methodological approach defined in consultation with the Opificio delle Pietre Dure of Florence, which concluded in July a delicate and interesting phase of analysis of these artifacts, giving indications about the most careful intervention techniques to be implemented.
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