Italian Archaeologists Work to Uncover Ancient Pozzuoli

For the past decade, a team of archaeologists has been working to reveal the wonders of the city of Pozzuoli, once the port of ancient Rome, now encased by the foundations of a Spanish city built in the 16th century on Naples. "It would be unthinkable to destroy or damage the Spanish city because it is of major historical and architectural import," said Costanza Gialanella, the archaeologist in charge. "But it would be equally unthinkable not to excavate the ancient city. It was a thriving port in its heyday -- much more important than Pompeii, which was a provincial town."