New Station for Pompeii

Italy has approved a plan to build a new train station at the ancient city of Pompeii, one of a string of projects to promote the country’s treasured archaeological sites.

Culture Minister Dario Franceschini is trying to promote and protect Italy’s wealth of art and architecture after cuts in public funding during a three-year recession further strained a sector long dogged by mismanagement and bureaucracy.

Pompeii’s managing committee approved a feasibility study conducted by the state railway operator for a new hub which is expected to cost about $38.93 million. The ministry said in a statement the project would help channel visitors towards the UNESCO World Heritage site, which was home to about 13,000 people when it was devastated in 79AD by the force of an eruption equivalent to 40 atomic bombs.

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