The Selinunte Archaeological Park reopens just one month after the fire that devastated the Mediterranean scrub and the trees of the Acropolis on September 26th.
With highly urgent specialist interventions, the valuable plants that are an integral part of the monumental archaeological landscape were replanted and the damaged areas were restored.
One week after the opening of the Archaeological Museum of Francavilla di Sicilia and encouraged by the enthusiastic comments of the many visitors, the officials decided to extend the visitor hours, that are now from 10am till 6pm.
A new museum in Tusa was inaugurated – the Lapidarium of Alesa Arconidea, the ancient Sicilian-Greek city that stood there. The Museum marks the historical stages of the ancient city, from the moment of its foundation in the 5th century. B.C. to that of its destruction by telluric events in the fourth century. A.D. and then the Arab invasion of Sicily.
The University of Catania has patented a wearable device to enrich the visit to a cultural site or a natural protected area, that allows the manager to analyze the behavior and interpret the preferences of visitors by offering additional content in augmented reality.
The external area of the Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina will be totally redeveloped and improved thanks to the POC, (European Research Council) funding. In particular, a new solar-recharged LED lighting system will be installed for the visit at night, a walkable parking lot without pitfalls and new toilets, because last summer there was a great turnout of the public during the evening and night hours.
The green areas, the commercial area and the water disposal systems will also be redeveloped. Due to COVID-19, the 12th edition of the Bellini Festival, which coincided with the 219th anniversary of the musician’s birth, will be rescheduled as soon as it is safe to hold.