Archaeology: Herculaneum offering online tours

Youtube channel set up as Instagram site gains followers

08 April, 17:06

    A view of the Casa del Bicentenario at the Ercolano (Herculaneum) Parco Archeologico A view of the Casa del Bicentenario at the Ercolano (Herculaneum) Parco Archeologico

    ERCOLANO - Despite government restrictions imposed on movement as part of efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, cultural activities continue for the Ercolano (Herculaneum) Parco Archeologico. Almost a month after the gates of the archaeological site shut, virtual tours and online visit possibilities have multiplied and grown in popularity. Among the many other initiatives is 'I Lapilli del Parco Archeologico di Ercolano', a virtual visit to the site of the ancient Herculaneum.

    The lapilli shown thus far online include the Fornici e la Barca di Herculaneum (Barrel Arches and the Boat of Herculaneum) and the Casa dei Cervi (House of Deer). There is also the case study of the Casa del Bicentenario, which was restored to the public after an over 30-year closure, and a virtual visit to the exhibition 'Bound for Disaster: Pompei and Herculaneum' at the Moesgaard Museum at the Danish city of Aarhus focusing especially on wax tablets found in the city of Herculaneum in which park director Francesco Sirano serves as a virtual tour guide. The park also now has a Youtube channel with a growing fan base and exponential growth on its Instagram page.

    A partnership with the Herculaneum Conservation Project for projects that have started is continuing, as are translations into English of 'I Lapilli del Parco Archeologico di Ercolano'.

    ''In these days of smart working, we are moving forward with our conservation and valorisation projects. At the same time we are doing everything we can to reach every single visitor in their homes,'' Sirano said, who often goes to the park for inspections. ''And we have reorganised in a rapid manner the entire range of visits offered to the public.''

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