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In­ter­view with Ciro Buon­a­juto, lawyer and Mayor of Her­cu­la­neum

Your political mis­sion is to give Her­cu­la­neum its right­ful place in the world. What place is this?

Her­cu­laeneum at­tracts 1 mil­lion 200 thou­sand tourists a year to Ve­su­vius and the Ex­ca­va­tions, it is one of the most soughtafter tourist des­ti­na­tions in Italy. How­ever, this in­flux does not cor­re­spond to eco­nomic or so­cial spin-offs. Most of the pop­u­la­tion is re­signed, it’s al­most as if they don’t con­sider cul­ture and tourism key pri­or­i­ties. I want to give them back their sense of pride at be­ing born in one of the most beau­ti­ful cities in the world.

You nom­i­nated Her­cu­la­neum as a cap­i­tal of cul­ture but in the end Man­tua won...

Yes, but Her­cu­la­neum didn’t lose: we man­aged to cre­ate enor­mous in­ter­est about the area’s cul­tural her­itage. We in­spired cit­i­zens to iden­tify with the beauty of the city and its cul­ture, a theme that un­til now politi­cians have con­sid­ered of lesser im­por­tance.

What are the most pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tions in Her­cu­la­neum?

The Ex­ca­va­tions and Ve­su­vius are the big­gest at­trac­tions but Mav is also a note­wor­thy cen­tre of ex­cel­lence from an ar­chae­o­log­i­cal point of view and should be­come a land­mark tourist at­trac­tion. We also boast sev­eral stun­ningly at­trac­tive vil­las in­clud­ing Villa Cam­poli­eto and Villa Fa­vorita whose his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance is of­ten un­der­es­ti­mated.

Which at­trac­tions in Her­cu­la­neum have not yet reached their full po­ten­tial?

If the at­trac­tions that I have men­tioned could make tourists spend a few ex­tra days in Her­cu­la­neum it would be al­ready be an enor­mous re­sult. I would like to pro­mote the his­toric cen­tre, the Pugliano mar­ket and the city’s streets, the places that were for­merly the reign of the Camorra and drug deal­ers.

Her­cu­la­neum boasts ar­chae­o­log­i­cal trea­sures that are bet­ter pre­served than those in Pom­peii…

We in Her­cu­la­neum are blessed to have the sup­port of renowned phi­lan­thropist David W. Packard who fell in love with the ex­ca­va­tions and is re­spon­si­ble for its main­te­nance. Min­is­ter Frances­chini’s choice to di­vide the Su­per­in­ten­den­cies could prove to be a great op­por­tu­nity to al­low the city to fi­nally come into its own.

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