Preserved paintings: The Villa dei Misteri features some of the best-preserved frescoes in the remains of Pompeii and is classed as a Unesco World Heritage Site

Preserved paintings: The Villa dei Misteri features some of the best-preserved frescoes in the remains of Pompeii and is classed as a Unesco World Heritage Site

Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii, mid 1st century BC Bright red background, effects of light and shade, the anatomy, the drama. Upper band is marble simulation.

Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii, mid 1st century BC Bright red background, effects of light and shade, the anatomy, the drama. Upper band is marble simulation.

The Villa dei Misteri (Villa of Mysteries) in Pompeii, Italy is now open to the public after one of many government restoration projects ordered by the EU.

Italy shows off restored Pompeii villa as EU deadline looms

The Villa dei Misteri (Villa of Mysteries) in Pompeii, Italy is now open to the public after one of many government restoration projects ordered by the EU.

"Fregio del mistero" dalla Villa dei Misteri a Pompei, 1 a.C

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"Fregio del mistero" dalla Villa dei Misteri a Pompei, 1 a.C

Work: Years of neglect has meant that Italy faced losing Pompeii's World Heritage status, along with funding, and the government was issued with a deadline by EU to spend £78 million by 2016 for restoration projects

Italy shows off restored Pompeii villa as EU deadline looms

Work: Years of neglect has meant that Italy faced losing Pompeii's World Heritage status, along with funding, and the government was issued with a deadline by EU to spend £78 million by 2016 for restoration projects

Dionysiac mystery frieze, Second Style wall paintings in room 5 of the Villa of Mysteries, Pompeii, Italy, ca 60-50 BCE.

Dionysiac mystery frieze, Second Style wall paintings in room 5 of the Villa of Mysteries, Pompeii, Italy, ca 60-50 BCE.

Afresco em um dos ambientes da Vila dos Mistérios, em Pompeia; residência é uma das mais bem conservadas do sítio arqueológico (Foto: Ciro de Luca/Reuters)

Itália estuda limitar fluxo 'insustentável' de turistas em Pompeia

Afresco em um dos ambientes da Vila dos Mistérios, em Pompeia; residência é uma das mais bem conservadas do sítio arqueológico (Foto: Ciro de Luca/Reuters)

*POMPEII, ITALY ~ The Villa dei Misteri was built in the 2nd century BC in the suburban area. The crown jewel of the ancient city of Pompeii restored

The crown jewel of the ancient city of Pompeii restored

*POMPEII, ITALY ~ The Villa dei Misteri was built in the 2nd century BC in the suburban area. The crown jewel of the ancient city of Pompeii restored

More than 80 people have worked on the Pompeii site to restore the artwork in a bid to boo...

Italy shows off restored Pompeii villa as EU deadline looms

More than 80 people have worked on the Pompeii site to restore the artwork in a bid to boo...

Meeting targets: Culture Minister Franceschini said that while problems still remain at Pompeii, Italy is on schedule to meet their EU deadline.

Italy shows off restored Pompeii villa as EU deadline looms

Meeting targets: Culture Minister Franceschini said that while problems still remain at Pompeii, Italy is on schedule to meet their EU deadline.

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