02:09 GMT28 February 2021
Listen Live
    • A fresco is pictured inside  the House of Orchard Casa del Frutteto, one of three restored domus (ancient houses) reopened to the public at the archaeological site of Pompeii, Italy, 18 February 2020.
    • An archaelogist works on a fresco in the House of Lovers Casa degli Amanti, one of three restored domus (ancient houses) reopened to the public at the archaeological site of Pompeii, Italy, 18 February 2020.
    • Frescos are pictured inside  the House of Orchard Casa del Frutteto, one of three restored domus (ancient houses) reopened to the public at the archaeological site of Pompeii, Italy, 18 February 2020.
    • A fresco is pictured inside  the House of Orchard Casa del Frutteto, one of three restored domus (ancient houses) reopened to the public at the archaeological site of Pompeii, Italy, 18 February 2020.
    • A fresco is pictured inside  the House of Orchard Casa del Frutteto, one of three restored domus (ancient houses) reopened to the public at the archaeological site of Pompeii, Italy, 18 February 2020.
    • An archaelogist works on a fresco in the House of Lovers Casa degli Amanti, one of three restored domus (ancient houses) reopened to the public at the archaeological site of Pompeii, Italy, 18 February 2020.
    • An archaelogist works on a fresco in the House of Lovers Casa degli Amanti, one of three restored domus (ancient houses) reopened to the public at the archaeological site of Pompeii, Italy, 18 February 2020.
    • A fresco is pictured inside the House of Orchard Casa del Frutteto, one of three restored domus (ancient houses) reopened to the public at the archaeological site of Pompeii, Italy, 18 February 2020.
    • Archaeologists work on  a fresco in the House of Lovers Casa degli Amanti,one of three restored domus (ancient houses) reopened to the public at the archaeological site of Pompeii, Italy, 18 February 2020.
    • Dario Franceschini, Italian Culture Minister, looks on in one of three restored domus (ancient houses) that has reopened to the public at the archaeological site of Pompeii, Italy, 18 February 2020.
    • A fresco is pictured inside the House of Orchard Casa del Frutteto, one of three restored domus (ancient houses) reopened to the public at the archaeological site of Pompeii, Italy, 18 February 2020.
    • Archaeologists work on  a fresco in the House of Lovers Casa degli Amanti, one of three restored domus (ancient houses) reopened to the public at the archaeological site of Pompeii, Italy, 18 February 2020.
    © REUTERS / Ciro De Luca
    A fresco is pictured inside the House of Orchard "Casa del Frutteto", one of three restored domus (ancient houses) reopened to the public at the archaeological site of Pompeii, Italy, 18 February 2020.

    The ill-fated ancient Roman city of Pompeii perished in 79 AD after the infamous eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which buried the settlement under volcanic ash and left it uninhabitable.

    The renowned Pompeiian villa, the House of Lovers, reopened on Tuesday after completion of its restoration.

    It had been shut down for almost half a century due to severe damage caused by an earthquake in 1980.

    The building, containing unique frescos and engravings, was excavated in 1933.

    Two other villas, the House of the Europa Ship and House of the Orchard, were also reopened to the public.

    Have a peek inside the enigmatic life of the forsaken city in Sputnik's photo gallery.

    Tags:
    Pompeii, Italy
    Community standardsDiscussion

    More photos

    • Last update: 11:15 GMT 27.02.2021
      11:15 GMT 27.02.2021

      Majestic Beasts of Arctic Wilderness: World Celebrates International Polar Bear Day

      The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies polar bears as a vulnerable species due to the potential habitat loss that could result from climate change. Polar Bears International leads the efforts to conserve the species and are the masterminds of International Polar Bear Day to raise awareness about the magnificent mammals.

      18
    • Women wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk under red lanterns hanging along an alley near the Houhai Lake in celebration of the Lunar New Year in Beijing, Thursday, 11 February  2021. China appeared to be on pace for a slower than normal Lunar New Year travel rush this year after authorities discouraged people from traveling over the holiday to help maintain the nation's control over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
      Last update: 14:53 GMT 26.02.2021
      14:53 GMT 26.02.2021

      China Raises Red Lanterns to Celebrate First Full Moon of Lunar Year

      The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first month in the lunisolar calendar and traditionally marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

      12
    • A pedestrian wearing a face covering walks past a flower bed full of daffodils in St James's Park, central London, 24 February 2021.
      Last update: 17:47 GMT 25.02.2021
      17:47 GMT 25.02.2021

      Spring, Here It Comes! Europe Embraces Unusually Warm Weather

      Although in some European countries coronavirus restrictions are getting even tougher amid a rising number of infections, others find themselves feeling fortunate as the weather smiles on them, meaning they can walk with their friends and enjoy the sunshine.

      12
    • A man tries to chase away a swarm of desert locusts away from a farm, near the town of Rumuruti, Kenya, 1 February 2021.
      Last update: 11:45 GMT 25.02.2021
      11:45 GMT 25.02.2021

      Biblical Plague Comes True: Kenya Fights Locust Invasion

      Kenya has faced its worst locust outbreak in decades as the insects are devouring crops and other vegetation.

      12