Italy Lovers Asked to Help Save Crumbling Treasures


Archeologists are banking on global appreciation when it comes to saving the historical treasures of Pompeii.

This article, written by Patrick Browne, appears on The Local it.

That an archaeological site like the cubiculum in Pompeii’s House of the Centaur might be left to ruin is indicative of a fundamental problem for Italy: its cultural heritage is too large.

Finding the funds to maintain and support such a rich patrimony is a challenge for local councils and tourism boards across country. But that could be about to change thanks to a new non-profit organization called LoveItaly.

LoveItaly is a crowdfunding platform, curated by a cross disciplinary group of experts. It is seeking to raise money for restoration projects on neglected Italian treasures from history buffs and Italophiles around the globe.

“We are trying to create an international movement.”

One of its first projects will be the ambitious restoration of the crumbling, second-century BC bedroom in the House of the Centaur at Pompeii. However, before work can commence the organization needs to come up with the €53,000 archaeologists at Pompeii have quoted for the restoration.

So where might the cash come from? Read more on The Local it.

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