This article, written by Nick Squires , appears on The Telegraph.
Italy to spend a billion euros on restoring museums and monuments in biggest cultural heritage investment for decades
Italy will spend one billion euros to restore an unparalleled but often neglected collection of monuments, museums and ancient sites, in the biggest such investment for decades, the government announced on Monday.
The money will be spent on restoring and maintaining the ancient Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the Uffizi Galleries in Florence and museums in Rome and Naples.
Around €40 million will be spent on sprucing up the Reggia di Caserta, a vast Bourbon palace and landscaped park near Naples that was built to rival Versailles, but which in recent years has been characterised by mismanagement and poor upkeep.
Money will also be poured into clearing and mapping the Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrimage route running from Paris, across the Alps and down the Italian peninsula to Rome. Read more at The Telegraph…
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