The Italian Almanac

a mosaic in Pompei

Italian News / Art - January 19th

Thirteen meters beneath the streets of Rome, archaeologists have discovered what people are calling "a new Pompei" that has been buried for nearly two millennia.

Using video cameras, a team of researchers has unveiled a mosaic, in almost perfect condition, showing a team of naked men at the time of Emperor Nero, trampling the grape harvest.

Work on reconstructing the artistic wonders of Nero's reign began in 1998 and has yielded a number of extraordinary mosaics. But this is the most striking to date. Covering an area of three meters by two meters, it depicts five figures: one taking bundles of grapes from a basket, three trampling them and the fifth playing a double flute.