Italy declares emergency for crumbling Pompeii site
By Silvia Aloisi
ROME (Reuters) - The Italian government declared a state of emergency at the Pompeii archaeological site on Friday to try to rescue one of the world's most important cultural treasures from decades of neglect.
A cabinet statement said it would appoint a special commissioner for Pompeii, the Roman city buried by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 and now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Archaeologists and art historians have long complained about the poor upkeep of the Pompeii treasures, plagued by lack of investment, weeds, litter, graffiti and looting. Bogus tour guides and illegal parking attendants also plague visitors.
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#1 Jul 9, 2008
I'm ashamed of my motherland for allowing something like to happen!I have not had the chance to see Italy yet.I was born there and came to America as a baby.I read about Italy online everyday,and some of the things shock me.The Mafia must still be strong!but you think --they-- would even like to preserve their beautiful country!
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