Italy will take back 130 stolen archeological artefacts
Ceremony Wednesday at the office of the Manhattan District Attorney
Italian archaeological artifacts will be returned on July 20, in a ceremony in New York for the restitution to Italy of 130 objects of great historical and artistic significance, which were the subject of illegal trafficking and recovered by the New York judicial authorities thanks to the collaboration with the Carabinieri’s Comando Tutela Patrimonio Culturale.
“This is the second significant restitution to Italy of works in a few months,” said Italy’s Consul General in New York, Fabrizio Di Michele, “after that of 200 artifacts last December, on the occasion of which we had exhibited various artifacts at the Consulate General and the Cultural Institute. The return of the works confirms the excellent level of cooperation between the Authorities of the two countries, which makes it possible to bring back priceless treasures to Italy.”
The returned goods, which cover a wide time span from 2500 B.C. to the 6th century A.D., will be formally handed over to the Consul General in the presence of New York County District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Brigadier General Roberto Riccardi of the Comando Tutela Patrimonio Culturale.
You are invited to the return ceremony, which will be held on Wednesday, July 20 at 11 a.m. at the District Attorney’s Office (1 Hogan Place) and will be open to the press.
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