The tourist attraction near Naples is chronically short of state funds. Helping pay for the latest restoration is more than (EURO)40 million ($55 million) in European Union funds, which an EU commissioner, Johannes Hahn, in Pompeii on Wednesday, described as an important step toward rescuing the archaeological complex from modern-day ruin. In 2010, torrential rain caused the collapse of a wall in Pompeii, and a frescoed building where gladiators prepared for battle crumbled into a pile of dust.
In Florence, a piece of 16th-century frescoed ceiling in the Uffizi museum fell off Wednesday during work. No one was hit by the fragments, which gallery officials said would be put back in place.