LAST_UPDATESun, 22 Jul 2018 3pm

Spectacular 'Alley Of Balconies' Uncovered In Pompeii

ROME -- Digs at a previously unexcavated area of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii have uncovered a spectacular alley with a series of buildings with big balconies that the Mount Vesuvius lava shower had covered up in its AD 79 volcanic eruption.

These buildings have been left largely intact, the archaeological site's Director Massimo Osanna told Italian news agency ANSA on Thursday.

The buildings have the distinctive Pompeii red and other hues in their true colours as the ancient inhabitants of the city would have seen them.

Archaeologists even found amphora in the corners of the balconies that had left out to dry in the sun.

"It's something that is truly rare for Pompeii," Osanna told ANSA.

He said that the balconies will be restored and become part of a new tour route at the site.