“Miniature Pompeii” found under the old Verona cinema | Italy
An ancient Roman building was discovered during excavations at an old cinema in the city of Verona, in northern Italy, in what has been described as a ‘miniature of Pompeii’.
The find was made during excavations in the basement of the Astra cinema, which is being renovated after being abandoned for more than 20 years.
With its “magnificent walls decorated with frescoes”, the building, which dates from the 2nd century, “evokes a miniature Pompeii”, said the archaeological superintendent of Verona, the department in charge of archeology for the region.
The function of the building is not yet clear, but experts said it appeared to have survived a fire as the roof had collapsed and there was charred wood furniture among the finds.
“A fire seems to have put an end to the use of the complex,” said the superintendent.
Despite the fire, “the environment has been preserved intact, with the magnificent colors of the walls decorated with frescoes dating from the 2nd century”.
The discovery and evidence of a fire evoked connotations of ancient Pompeii, which was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. “A calamitous event, in this case a fire, suddenly marked the end of the complex, leaving traces,” adds the report.
The discovery comes just over a year after the discovery of a perfectly preserved Roman mosaic floor near Verona. The multi-colored tiles, found under a row of vines, were part of the foundations of a Roman villa, the remains of which were unearthed a century earlier in a hilly area above the town of Negrar di Valpolicella. The villa is believed to date from the 3rd century.