A street food shop returns to light in Pompeii

Two ducks hanging by their feet, a rooster, a dog on a leash, all of them looking like they were painted in 3D. The almost intact premises of a Thermopolium, a street food shop, with dishes of all kinds, from snails to a sort of "paella", returns to light in Pompeii.

The discovery opens up new studies on the life, uses and nutrition of the Pompeians. "It will be an Easter gift for visitors", the archaeological site director Massimo Osanna says.

Italy's Culture Minister Dario Franceschini applauds the find, calling it "a virtuous example for the recovery of the country".

The excavation, which is not part of the Great Pompeii Project, is located in the Regio V area where consolidation and excavation works were carried in recent years.

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