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POMPEII extends its moonlight tours

Aug 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Italian News

(ANSA) – Rome, August 12 – Tourists can enjoy a moonlit tour of the ancient city of Pompeii for the next week to mark the summer holiday season.   The city was destroyed at the height of the Roman Empire by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and is one of Italy’s top tourist sites, attracting more than 2.6 million visitors a year.
Now for the third consecutive year, the ruins can be seen at weekends in a special tour called ‘The Moons of Pompeii’, but museum authorities are extending evening opening hours from August 12 to August 21.

“We have decided to open every evening this week, while at other times the night visits are conducted only at weekends,” said project organiser, Antonio Ciampaglia.

The Moons of Pompeii is organised by the city of Pompeii with the archaeological office of Pompeii and Naples, and the Campania region with additional funding from the European Union.

Eight different candle-lit routes cross the ancient town and give visitors an eerie insight into how people lived – and died there.

An extra 1,500 visitors are expected to take the night tours this week.

Pompeii is located south of the city of Naples and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The management of Pompeii has been under fire in Italy and abroad after the recent collapse of several buildings as well as looting, stray dogs and structural decay.

The Italian government appointed a special commissioner who has been credited with solving some of these problems since 2008.

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