The ancient town will get some much needed room to breathe
Herculaneum, Pompeii’s “little sister”, will soon be given some much needed breathing space thanks to funds from the EU and the Herculaneum Conservation Project, a collaboration between the US-based Packard Humanities Institute and the regional heritage authority.
A buffer zone has been created with the purchase of a 5,200 sq. m plot of land to the northwest of the archaeological site. The institute contributed €3m towards the €5.8m cost, with the remainder coming from the EU. The institute signed an agreement with the Italian ministry of culture, the ministry of territorial cohesion (regional development) and the city authority, with the aim of demolishing the decaying modern buildings that stand on the plot and integrating it into the adjacent archaeological park.