The public opening of the MAR Museo Archeologico Romano in Positano is the result of the realization of a project of extraordinary quality that binds the aims of preservation to aspects of knowledge, a collaboration between local boards (Monuments and Fine Arts Office, Municipality, Diocesan administration) that centrally places the recovery of a pure past gem, unique in its genre, to bring back to its importance the role of the artistic heritage in our territory and to indicate the new way for its factual recovery and their appreciation. Although, only a sector has so far been excavated of the Roman residential villa, discovered under the oratory of the Chiesa di SS. Maria Assunta, the extraordinary scientific importance of its triclinium, with its mosaic floor and wall paintings of the IV Pompeian style, has brought forth, through the elaboration of an important restoration and staging, the chance to allow a museum set-up – arranged by the ‘Monuments and Fine Arts Office ABAP’

of Salerno -, to make one of the most fascinating hypogeum archaeological areas of the Roman age, discovered in recent years in southern Italy, once again usable.

To emphasize the arrangement of the archaeological site, with its golden crypt, its ancient masonry strainer room, the many showcases which contain the archaeological remains recovered during the excavation, the upper church, shall have to consider the relation between the many functions and requirements in the management of this cultural container with the routine religious activities. Doing so, it will be possible to enhance at their best the hypogeum areas based on the necessities of the museum, with their spatial and architectonic characteristics, to fix strategies that will give way to amplify the possibility of relation between historical-cultural features and the sociality.

Silvia Pacifico