Luciano Faggiano had just bought a building in order to fulfill his dream of opening and operating his own trattoria -which is an Italian restaurant. His plans soon were unexpectedly halted only because he tried to fix his toilet, only weeks before the restaurant’s opening day. He discovered something jaw-dropping that transformed him from an inspiring business-owner to a full-time historian and archaeologist! Don’t miss #18, #11 & #10.
20. BOUGHT A BUILDINGnytimes.com
Luciano Faggiano bought a building in Lecce, Italy, with a clear goal ahead. He wanted to build the best trattoria, which is an Italian restaurant, in the city. Everything was going according to plan and the restaurant was scheduled to open before the deadline when this happened. Luciano could never imagined just what secrets his new building hid! Click to find out how he found out!
19. FIXING THE TOILET
The building of the toilet was left for the last stage of the construction. As the final days were approaching, Luciano noticed that sewage kept backing up. After some investigation, he predicted that it was only a matter of some days or at most, a week. He was surely wrong… But how? Why the toilet?
18. KEPT DIGGING
Luciano and his two sons kept digging until they made a jaw-dropping discovery. His new building was built on top of an ancient treasure! What they found could be a museum today,“We found underground corridors and other rooms, so we kept digging,”, Luciano said. Click next for more!
17. FAMILY’S OBSESSION
This short expedition was transformed in a family obsession as Luciano, his two sons and his wife kept going down for days where they decided to do something. They had just bought a museum instead of an ordinary building. Guess what did they do!
16. TRACING BACK B.C
The subterranean mysterious undergrounds that they found were later estimated to trace back before the birth of Christ. This is more than 2000 years before today and Luciano and his family had to do something for it.
15. THEY MADE IT A MUSEUM
Luciano could let this chance slip! He immediately abandoned his dream of opening a trattoria and decided to make this place a museum! They decided to call some experts for extra insight. Click next to see what happens!
14. ITALY’S HISTORY
Italy is known for its long and leading role in history. From ancient history till the fall of the Roman Empire, Italy was always in the spotlight . There are many cases of people digging and hole and coming across to an ancient treasure of unimaginable lengths!
13. ANCIENT LECCE
Lecce isn’t an ordinary city. Lecce was considered an important crossroad in the Mediterranean and was under rule of Greeks, Romans, Ottomans and also Normans and Lombards. “The very first layers of Lecce date to the time of Homer, or at least according to legend,” a local historian said.
“Whenever you dig a hole,” the historian said, “centuries of history come out.” This was indeed true for Luciano! But what happened after they found the hole? It appears that the historians that arrived on the spot said that this was a tomb of the Messapians, who were living in the region before 2000 years!
11. HIS SONS WERE EXPLORING
Back in the first moments of their discovery, Luciano was with his two sons. One of them named Marco, was small enough to fit in a pipe that led to the main hall of the tomb. Then this became an everyday trip for the three of them. Luciano had a secret too.
10. HE DIDN’T TELL HIS WIFE
Luciano didn’t tell his wife about his amazing discovery as he was afraid that she would want him to just move on with the plans. “I made sure to tell him not to tell his mama,”, Luciano said, referring to his son. His wife was starting to suspect something was going on. “We had all these dirty clothes, every day,” she said. “I didn’t understand what was going on.”
9. NEIGHBORS CALLED THE POLICE
Before Luciano decided to call some experts to shed some light in his discovery, he used to to go in and out of the building in dirty clothes, and moving debri with his car. The neighbors became suspicious and ultimately called the police!
8. HIS EXCAVATIONS WERE STOPPED
After the police arrived, Luciano had some trouble as he was charged with operating an archaeological work site without a permit. Thankfully the charges were dropped and Luciano was able to continue.
7. BUILDING THE MUSEUM
A year later Luciano was granted permission to start making his building a museum. It seemed that it would take a lot of skill and knowledge to operate the museum but Luciano was day by day becoming an archaeologist himself!
6. A TRUE TREASURE
Luciano’s place was a true historical treasure for all periods of history! “The Faggiano house has layers that are representative of almost all of the city’s history, from the Messapians to the Romans, from the medieval to the Byzantine time,”
5. HIS SONS HELPED
A year after his discovery, his younger son left Italy to study, while the other also moved to study at the university of Rome. Their lives were put on hold by his fathers quest to become a museum owner, years later. “We were kind of forced to do it,” said Andrea, “I was going to university, but then I would go home to excavate. Marco as well.”
4. THE GOVERNMENT BOUGHT THE PLACE
Later the government bought the place while allowing Luciano and his team operate the excavations. The place was going to be officially opened as a museum and Luciano was getting more and more publicity day by day.
3. WAS EXHAUSTING
It was proved that making an old building a museum wasn’t the easiest thing. Luciano soon got tired, and his sons managed to escape the excavations. He decided to do something strange.
2. HE GOT FED UP
“At one point, I couldn’t take it anymore,” he recalled. “I bought cinder blocks and was going to cover it up and pretend it had never happened. “I don’t wish it on anyone.” Luciano said. “I still want it,” he said referring to the trattoria. “I’m very stubborn.”
1. LUCIANO TODAY
Luciano managed to let all of this behind of him and he bought a new building to fulfill his dream of opening his own trattoria. This time he made sure that the place wouldn’t need some extra… renovations!