Villa dei Misteri reopens


The beautiful frescoes of the cult of Bacchus or Dionysus reopened after a two-year restoration. The Villa was first discovered in excavations in 1909 
and was exceptionally well-preserved despite the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D., which covered it in a layer of over 30 feet of volcanic ash.
 The recent restoration work, which involved 70 rooms of the Villa, corrected some of the damage inflicted by previous restoration techniques that were found to be harmful to the Villa's frescoes over the years.
The protective wax  used during the 1930s  faded the colors, an alteration now corrected, cleaning also 
the intricate mosaic floor decorations.

 
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