Italy’s government is under fire over the collapse of a 2,000-year-old house in which gladiators once trained in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.
The cause is thought to be heavy rains but many claim that longstanding state neglect and mismanagement is really to blame.
The problem is Pompeii’s location, in Italy’s south near Naples, according to Antonio Paolucci, the Director of the Vatican Museums. He says that if it was in Lombardy or Tuscany, it would be the world’s most important archaelogical site, for tourists and researchers.
The stone building’s walls were decorated with frescoes of military themes. It is hoped at least some can be saved.
The house fell down early on Saturday while the site was closed to visitors. One Italian newspaper called the collapse a “world scandal.”
Every year, 2.5 million tourists visit Pompeii which was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 79 A.D.