POMPEII, ITALY - 5 APRIL 2013: Architect Antonio Irlando, founder of the watchdog OPC Italia investigating on the archeological site of Pompeii, stands by the Amphitheater (70BC), one of the oldest and best preserved aphitheaters in existence which held 20,000 spectators, in Pompeii, Italy, on April 5th, 2013.
In recent years, a series of collapses at the site have alarmed conservationists, who warn that the ancient Roman city is dangerously exposed to the elements ? and poorly served by the red tape, lack of strategic planning and limited personnel of the site's historically troubled management.
Pompeii, along with Herculaneum, was buried under 4 to 6 meters (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. After its initial discovery in 1599, Pompeii was rediscovered as the result of intentional excavations in 1748 by the Spanish military engineer Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre.
Pompeii is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy, with approximately 2.5 million visitors every year.
Gianni Cipriano for The New York Times
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