High-speed train between Pompeii and Rome to increase tourism
Italy plans to build a high-speed rail link between Rome and the ancient city of Pompeii in a bid to boost tourism to the archaeological site and other locations along one of the country's most beautiful stretches of coastline.
The €35 million project will create a new train station and transportation hub adjacent to the archaeological site of Pompeii.
The hub will be a new stop on the existing high-speed rail line connecting Rome to Naples and Salerno, allowing visitors to reach Pompeii directly from the Italian capital and Rome Fiumicino airport.
Culture Minister Gennaro Sangiuliano also said that work on the hub will begin soon and that the new station will open by early 2024. The hub will also connect visitors to the Villa Dei Misteri stop on the Circumvesuviana rail network, which takes trains to the archaeological sites of Herculaneum, Oplontis, and Stabiae.
The project is part of the Great Pompeii Project, an EU-funded initiative launched in 2012 initially to secure the ruined site. According to government estimates, the number of visitors to Pompeii could double from the current 20,000 per day.
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