Video from Dec. 2015. Plagued with corruption scandals, flood damage, financial problems and incompetent administration, the priceless site of Pompeii was literally falling apart three years ago. A new conservation project was started back in 2001, I think, but Italy launched an emergency restoration project in 2013 after several walls and buildings at the site collapsed in bad weather. The restoration of these six sites is good news, but the results of the ongoing project aren't entirely positive:
"Huge areas of Pompeii are now closed off to visitors, behind ugly wire fences put up by a Neapolitan construction company after a series of collapses due to heavy rains in 2013 and 2014 caused worldwide consternation." Source: National Geographic (April 2016).
"An emergency restoration project funded by the EU and Italy got under way to put right seeming years of neglect. The result, right now, looks like a neverending project that is scarring Pompeii as much as saving it."
Next video (Jan. 2016) is in Italian only, but it shows some of the restored buildings and artwork.
According to National Geographic (Dec. 2015), "[t]he 'Grand Pompeii Project' was created to preserve Pompeii's 'intricate mosaic tiles, bathhouses and even graffiti.' As part of the initiative, six newly restored villas reopened to the public last week, reports Jareen Imam for CNN. The villas offer a peek into the past at the Unesco World Heritage site. The newly restored sites include a merchant's lavish house, a thermal bathing structure and a business that sold fabric. One of the most buzzed-about restorations is a specially designed laundry house called the Fullonica di Stephanus." (See next post.)