POMPEII , Italy, April 17 (UPI) -- In time for Easter tourists, three additional houses in the ancient city of Pompeii, Italy, buried in a volcano eruption in 79 A.D., were opened Thursday.
Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini inaugurated the three restored houses, or domus, in a ceremony at the celebrated archeological site. The houses were formerly occupied by the families of Marcus Lucretius Fronto, Romulus and Remus and Trittolemo, the office of Pompeii’s archeological superintendent said.
Superintendent Massimo Osanna described them as “aristocratic houses.”
The Romulus and Remus house and the Trittolemo house were damaged in World War II bombing raids and never opened to the public until now. The house of Fronto, a prominent politician in 2nd-century Rome, was opened “because it did not require a great amount of resources," Osanna said.
The buildings will be open at least until May 1, when a labor agreement at the site ends.