ShareAt one point, Unesco even threatened to list the site as one “at risk of destruction” reports the AAP. After the House of Gladiators collapsed under heavy rain in 2010, the European Union stepped in and invested $105 million euros (about $142 million at the time) for renovations. Since the project has come under new mangement, Pompeii has made “excellent progress,” according to an Unesco inspector's March 2015 report.
With the first public display of the workers efforts, the tone has now shifted to one of optimism. “We made news with the collapses, now we are making news with restoration,” said Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi during the unveiling last week, reports the Associated Press. “These are houses of extraordinary importance, because they show a very original and particular cross section of life during ancient Pompeii," Antonio Irlando, president of Cultural Heritage Observer, tells the Associated Press. (Read more.)