A Roman fresco of a banquet at Casa dei Casti Amanti.
A Roman fresco of a banquet at Casa dei Casti Amanti. Image: WolfgangRieger Wikimedia CC 0

Pompeii’s House of Lovers to reopen 40 years after earthquake damage

The spectacular restoration project is set to revive one of the best known tourist attractions of Pompeii, a city buried in 79 AD due to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearby.

The House of Lovers (Casa dei Casti Amanti) gets its name from an inscription at the house that read “Amantes, ut apes, vitam melitam exigunt (Lovers lead, like bees, a life as sweet as honey).” It was first excavated by in 1933 with spectacular, almost intact intricate ornamentation.

The domus was closed for visitors since 1980 due to the damage caused by an earthquake and the restoration project was started in 2014 with the aim of safeguarding the ancient city.

“Pompeii is a story of rebirth and redemption, a model for the whole of Europe in the management of community fund,” said Dario Franceschini, Italy’s minister for cultural heritage and activities and tourism, said in a statement.

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