New light for the illuminated archeology of Pompeii

In Pompeii, Enel's new artistic lighting itinerary further enhances the charm of the archaeological park

Published on 15 March 2018

New light for the illuminated archeology of Pompeii

The King of Naples, Charles of Bourbon, was one of the great enlightened rulers of the time, but when he started the excavations at Pompeii in 1784 he would never have imagined the progress made today by lighting. Not only has the archaeological park been gradually brought back to light over the centuries, but today artificial lighting has reached it: a light that shines even at night, the light of Enel's smart light solutions.

Art and technology

The lighting of the Pompeii archaeological park by night, designed for visits open to visitors from all over the world, is the fruit of the Enel Group's 17 years of experience in the field of artistic lighting: our portfolio includes some of the most famous monuments in the world, such as the Pantheon in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Alcázar in Seville. But there are also futuristic works like Richard Meier's Citadel Bridge in Alexandria, as well as less famous buildings that are fully enhanced by Enel's light: for example, in Madrid, the Palacio de Amboage, seat of the Italian Embassy, and in Bucharest, the Aheneul, the concert hall that has always been renowned for its caressing acoustics for audiences and now also for the light that captures their attention also visually.

The project in Pompeii is part of the experience gained in 17 years of activity, through more than a thousand interventions on monuments and museums in Italy and abroad

Emanuele Sguazzi

Head of Business-to-Business and Business-to-Government, Country Italy at Enel X

Enel has always worked to combine technological development and sustainability, even in the promotion of heritage, like that of the Pompeii Archaeological Park, which is coming back to life

Carlo Tamburi

Head of Country Italy, Enel

Imagine what it means to be able to offer the world a visit by night to Pompeii, what this means in terms of emotions and beauty, but also of economic growth for the territory

Dario Franceschini

Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism


The solution used in Pompeii can be likened to a true smart grid, combining energy efficiency, beauty and the opportunity to enhance a fascinating and unique itinerary

Emanuele Sguazzi

Business-to-Business and Business-to-Government, Country Italia at Enel X

The multidisciplinary project saw a number of different professionals at work. And thanks to the collaboration with the superintendence, of all the officials and site assistants, we were able to complete this delicate project in total safety and fully respecting all the archaeological artifacts

Vincenzo Ascione

Project Manager Business-to-Business and Business-to-Government, Country Italia of Enel X


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