untitled design (1)

Learn Italian online

Berlusconi to Buy Pompeii

Italy’s culture minister has confirmed that ex-Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is to buy the historic site of Pompeii near Naples in Italy.

“Negotiations are at a advanced stage”, said minister Franceschino who went on to state that the sale should be completed by mid-April this year.

Full details of the Berlusconi Pompeii purchase deal have yet to emerge, though Italy’s press is reporting that the agreed price was somewhere in the region of €7 million.

The sale of one of Italy’s most well known tourist attractions is part of a plan to reduce Italy’s crippling level of national debt by selling off most of the nation’s artistic heritage.

Moved to Tears

Sources close to Berlusconi have revealed that Italy’s media magnate and political leader decided to buy the crumbling ruin to show his love for Italy. He is said to have become tearful watching continuous reports of the ancient site literally falling apart. “We can’t have this”, Berlusconi told his consort Francesca Pasquale one day. He promptly picked up the phone and called Italy’s culture minister. A deal was soon done.

Berlusconi’s Pompeii Proposals

Berlusconi’s plans for the ancient ruin near Naples are already starting to raise eyebrows after it was discovered that an application for planning permission to transform the site into an extensive luxury residential complex lodged with Naples’ council came to light. The proposal includes the construction of an Olympic size swimming pool in the midst of what was once Pompeii’s forum.

The Location of Berlusconi's pool
The Location of Berlusconi’s new swimming pool

The ruined Temple of Apollo is to be re-constructed as Berlusconi’s personal mausoleum. Another plan is to transform the Amphitheatre of Pompeii into Berlusconi’s personal residence, the roof of which will be reinforced against future eruptions of nearby volcano, Mount Vesuvius.

Berlusconi also plans to restore another of Pompeii’s temples as a shrine to his achievements.

This is what the temple looks like today:

Pompeii Temple before Berlusconi restoration
Pompeii Temple

And this his how it will appear after Berlusconi has restored it:

The Shrine to Berlusconi's Achievements at Pompeii
The Shrine to Berlusconi’s Achievements at Pompeii

Cobbled Roads to be Resurfaced

While Berlusconi is believed to want to maintain most of the integrity of the site, he has stated that the cobbled roads of Pompeii will need attention. He plans to use a special gold coloured weather resistant coating to preserve them.

Pompeii Brothel to be Restored

think in italian logo dark bg 1

Stop reading, start speaking

Stop translating in your head and start speaking Italian for real with the only audio course that prompt you to speak.

When asked what he proposed to do with Pompeii’s Lupanar of Pompeii brothel on Italian chat show Piazza Puzzolente, Berlusconi grinned, commented that he’s no saint, and added, “It will be restored to its former glory”.

Pompeii Brothel
Pompeii Brothel – Berlusconi proposes to restore this to its former glory

Conservationists Up in Arms

Italian conservation organisations have criticised the sell-off, but local councillor Benito Truffa defended Berlusconi’s decision to transform the site into a private residence saying it would save Italy millions in maintenance costs.

Another councillor, planning department head, Franco Ladrone refused to answer questions on Berlusconi’s plans for the transformation of Pompeii posed by members of the press. Instead, he jumped into his new-looking Ferrari and roared off. Permits for construction on the Pompeii site were granted in record time.

An Election Stunt

Members of Italy’s PD party said Berlusconi’s decision to buy Pompeii little more than a stunt designed to earn his Forza Italia party more votes in the upcoming European elections.

UNESCO Powerless

Unesco official Umberto Storico called the decision to sell Pompeii to Silvio Berlusconi a disgrace but admitted that seeing as Italy owned the site, it could do what it liked with it.

Grand Pompeii Party Planned

Berlusconi’s restoration of the site which will include the installation of a fully functioning replica of the Vesuvius volcano is expected to be completed in a year from now. A grand gala party is to be held by Berlusconi on his birthday next year to celebrate his move from Milan to his new Pompeii home.

Italy’s former prime minister has also hinted that he is considering retiring from public life once his new Pompeii residence is finished.

Pompeii will close permanently to the public from mid-June 2014.

You can book one of the final Pompeii tours here: Pompeii Tours


Photo credits: Pompeii temple before and after: CyArk, http://archive.cyark.org

Most Popular

The Italian Piazza

Every town or city in Italy has a piazza. Many are masterpieces, whereas some are smaller, less majestic and more intimate. As a rule though, the larger the Italian town, the larger the piazza will be, and most of Italy’s cities have many more than one single piazza.

Europ Assistance Roadside Assistance Apple iPhone app

There’s More to Italy than Berlusconi and Bunga Bunga

While Silvio Berlusconi battles against communist judges which aren’t and coups which don’t exist, other Italians, people like Michele Petrilli and Cristina Triola are getting on with their lives and their jobs. And they are innovating.

Take, for example, Europ Assistance’s made in Italy new baby: Roadside Assistant, an innovative new and free application for iPhones and iPads which is to be launched in the next few days in Italy.


Related Posts

italy GDP 10 Year Moving Average

Renzi’s 2.17 Trillion Euro Headache

Alarm bells started sounding over Italy’s national debt situation after it was revealed that the GDP growth forecasts of Italy’s government were inaccurate. Instead of

Behind bars

Nope, they haven’t sent me to jail, but when I have a look out of the window of the appartment, it feels a bit like


Stop reading, start speaking Stop translating in your head and start speaking Italian for real with the only audio course that prompt you to speak.

The Curious Case of Aldo Brancher

Aldo Brancher is Italy’s latest minister, and an old friend and associate of one Silvio Berlusconi. Supposedly, Brancher is the minister of ‘Decentralisation and Subsidiarity’, whatever that means. Anyway, approximately two seconds after being appointed Minister Brancher has become embroiled in scandal.