Petition to Save Hadrian’s Villa

The Regione Lazio is giving serious consideration to a plan to create a new 400-acre garbage dump very close to Hadrian’s Villa, the World Heritage site near Tivoli, Italy.  A group of concerned scholars and cultural heritage professionals from North America and Europe has posted an online petition to express our strong opposition to the plan. In a few short days, we have gathered over 1,100 signatures. Below are listed some of the people who have already signed and whom you may know.

Articles are starting to appear in the Italian press about our petition, which is being cited with approval by the opposition forces in the battle. These include, among many others, the City of Tivoli and the Italian Ministry of Culture. CBS News has a nice segment about the story which you can view at:

The decision about this irresponsible plan will soon be made. Time is short. Please follow the link below and add your name to our petition:


People you may know who have already signed the petition:  

Andreae, Bernard: Professor für Archäologie, Direktor des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Rom i. R.

Arnold-Biucchi: Damarete Curato of Ancient Coins, Harvard Art Museums

Bagnall, Roger: Professor of Ancient History and Leon Levy Director, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University

Bartman, Elizabeth: President, Archaeological Institute of America

Brennan, T. Corey: Andrew W. Mellon Professor-in-Charge, Classical School, Accademia Americana in Roma

Chiappetti, Daniela: Presidente del Consiglio II Municipio Comune Roma

Clayman, Dee: Professor of Classicsm Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Past President of the American Philological Association.

Davis, Lindsey: famous author and winner of the 2010 Premio Colosseo of the Comune di Roma (Greenwich, UK)

Degli Esposti, Lorenzo: Direttore, Architectural & Urban Forum, Milano

Ebbinghaus, Susanne: Curator of Ancient Art, Harvard University Art Museums

Furtwängler, Andreas: Professor of Classical Archaeology, University of Halle (Germany); son of the conductor Adolf Furtwängler

Giuliani, Fulvio Cairoli: Professore Emerito, Università Roma Sapienza. Professor Giuliani is the world’s foremost  expert on Roman building technique. He has worked for many decades at Villa Adriana.

Gruen, Erich: Professor Emeritus of Ancient History, University of California, Berkeley

Hupperetz, Wim: Director, Allard Pierson Archaeological Museum, Amsterdam

Meier, Richard: Architect and Pritzger Prize Winner

Quilici, Lorenzo: Professore Ordinario, Dipartimento di Archeologia, Università di Bologna. Prof. Quilici is the foremost authority on the archaeology of Lazio in antiquity.

Reggiani, Anna Maria: Former Soprintendente, Soprintendenza Archeologica per il Lazio

Rose, C. Brian: Director, University Museum, University of Pennsylvania; former President, Archaeological Institute of America

Sandberg, Kaj: Former Director, Institutum Romanum Finlandiae

Smith, Christopher: Director, British School at Rome

Stanish, Charles: Director, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA

Vidler, Anthony: Dean, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Cooper Union (New York)

Wallace-Hadrill, Andrew: Master of Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge; former Director of the British School at  Rome

Zeitlin, Froma: Professor Emerita, Department of Classics, Princeton University