Via the American Institute for Roman Culture (AIRC): Please take a look at Dr. Bernard Frischer’s plea and i-petition to protect Villa Adriana. Located in Tivoli, Italy, this endangered archaeological site (the creation of a massive landfill a few hundred meters away threatens the site) was once the sprawling villa of the second-century Roman emperor Hadrian.
We are proud to publish Professor Bernard Frischer‘s op-ed piece on Protecting Hadrian’s Villa, an i-petition created by Frischer and sponsored by the American Institute for Roman Culture. In less than a week, we have generated more than 2000 signatures, and are at 3650 signatures and counting.
Rome has long used a garbage dump at a place called Malagrotta. In June 2011, the EU Commission ordered Malagrotta closed because of various violations of EU environmental regulations. Since then the Region of Lazio (the governmental unit in charge of Rome’s waste disposal) has been trying to find a new site. In September 2011, just two months before it fell from power, the Berlusconi government appointed Prefect Giuseppe Pecoraro to be Extraordinary Commissioner of Waste Disposal for Lazio with special powers to confront the emergency…
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