Restoration of gladiator house at Pompeii becomes emblem of site’s renaissance after years of neglect

Pompeii street, Italy
Pompeii street, Italy Image: Alago (wikimedia)

A stone building in Pompeii that was used for training by gladiators has been reopened to the public after a painstaking three-year restoration, becoming an emblem of the renaissance of the ancient site.

The House of the Gladiators collapsed eight years ago after days of heavy rain, with many of its precious frescoes damaged or destroyed.

At the time it was seen as a symbol of Italy’s neglect for its unrivalled cultural heritage, with Pompeii in particular suffering from years of bad management and underinvestment.

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