The future of the Archaeology in Pompeii is the “musealità diffusa”, which is a kind of museum that aggregates different places and complementary functions and could be literally translated as “widespread museum” or better “network-museum”.
Actually, the wonderful domus and the impressive Pompeian buildings will be more and more enriched with furnishing pieces (which may be authentic or perfectly replicated), showing simply and directly which was the real function of the surroundings in 79 AD. The aim is to make the visitors realize how daily life was in the ancient city. The project already started last April with the reconstruction of some rooms (i.e. the triclinium and the bedroom) in the luxurious Villa Imperiale and the reintroduction of Egyptian cults in the Temple of Isis.
A further step of the project started last August with the new arrangement of the Fullonica of Stephanus and the co-location of organic finds in the Palestra Grande (Large Gymnasium). In the Fullonica, which used to be a laundry, the kitchen has been replicated. Actually, objects found in situ, such as bronze pans, pots and jugs, lids and little food containers in terracotta let the tourists observe the way of cooking in ancient Pompeii.
Moreover, the Palestra Grande gets enriched with a new section of organic and naturalistic finds. This exposition of carbonized materials (bread, seeds, dried fruits, cereals, pomegranates), found in the Vesuvian area after the eruption, enabled us to realize how the ancients made use of vegetables, in particular in the field of nutrition.
Pompeii wants to become more famous and efficient not only through this new kind of concept of museum, but also introducing some news about its brand. Starting last Christmas a new brand has been created: the written "Pompeii" with the "o" in orange on which the four cardinal points are highlighted with embroidery inspired by the wall decorations of the Roman city.
In addition to the reform of the graphic and the communication, Pompeii also had a model plastic of the city, which is the heart of the arrangement of the Antiquarium where visitors - says the superintendent of the city - through the use of multimedia technologies, will better understand the settlement, the various functional and representative urban connections in the city and, more generally, the sense of the urban planning and the complicated history of the city.
Moreover, there has been testing on the use of some single-use identification wristbands, like those used in nightclubs, to allow the entry and the temporary exit from the archaeological site, in the day of the ticket validity. The system allows people to get away from the archaeological area and return the same day to continue the visit to the site without having to purchase an additional ticket. Based on a consolidated RFID (radio-frequency identification) that limits the attempts of fraud, forgery and the possibility of exchanges in person or use on different days, for now the bracelet can be requested only for the access to the gate of the Amphitheater square, and it will only be used in this area.
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