Rome reopens house of Vestal Virgins
“After twenty years, Rome has reopened the House of the Vestal Virgins, remains of an ancient Roman palace flanking ruins of the imperial seat of government in the Roman Forum.
Major renovations to the structure were inaugurated Thursday with the opening of a new visitors’ route through the ruins called Via Nova, which traverses the northwest slope of the Palatine Hill overlooking the Forum and ends at the Atrium Vestae, or ancient palace.
"More than 4,000 meters were refurbished along the route, of which the Atrium Vestae occupies 1,568 square meters.
Work focused on restoring the structural stability and integrity of the ruins.
The Atrium Vestae was once a 50-room palace built around an elegant, rectangular garden, decorated with statues and two pools.”