DON’T BURY THE BEAUTY OF OUR HISTORY AND LANDSCAPE WITH MORE CEMENT
FROM THE LAST AND ULTIMATE GREEN AREA A NEW ECONOMY AND A BETTER LIFESTYLE COULD START AGAIN IN THE CITY OF CIAMPINO.
THE AMAZING DISCOVERY OF MARCO VALERIO MESSALLA CORVINO’S VILLA, TOGETHER WITH THE ASTOUNDING SCULPTURES OF NIOBE (DAUGHTER OF TANTALUS IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY) IS BEING JEOPARDIZED.
55,000 cubic meters of building cement could be employed nearby the archeological site. A site containing a Roman pool and seven wonderful statues depicting the myth of Niobe as told in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. In the same area a famous battle was fought that contributed to the end of the Avignon Papacy. The site retains also the remains of mansions dating back the 17th Century. Some decades B.C. the Villa was the place where outstanding classical authors drew inspiration for their masterpieces. This led also to the creation of the marvellous statues surrounding the pool.
In a nearby area, called “Colle Olivo”, where excavations had uncovered a Roman Spa, very similar to the ones found in Ostia Antica, the ancient port of Rome, the City Town Hall obtained the license to develop popular housing.
The two sites, about one mile far from Via Appia Antica, are in hazard.
For these reasons we ask the Ministry of Cultural Activities, the Soprintendenza Archeologica ( Archeological Superintendancy), the Soprintendenza Paesaggistica (Landscape Superintendancy) and the Local Administrators
• to Protect the area of a fallen 16th century Portal, and to rebuild it as soon as possible;
• To stop the building of popular housing near the Archeological sites;
• To comply with Article 9 of the Italian Constitution “the Republic protects the landscape and the artistic and historical heritage of the Nation”;
• To preserve the areas of Muri dei Francesi and Colle Olivo as a cultural heritage and to protect it from those who want to make of this important area another ugly place of popular housing.