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2006-02-16 11:50:47

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - It's one of the world's most famous archaeological sites but it's also, literally, falling apart. Experts fear the remains of Rome's Palatine Hill, where emperors built lavish residences, are becoming dangerously unstable and pose an increasing risk to the four million tourists who visit the central Rome site each year. Years of neglect and poor preservation mean that many buildings in the city's open-air ancient forum are gradually eroding, while...

2006-02-03 14:48:20

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Metropolitan Museum of Art has agreed to return to Italy several works, including a 2,500-year-old Greek vase, following decades of controversy over what Italy says are plundered antiquities. On Thursday, the New York museum formally presented to the Italian Culture Ministry in Rome a draft of an agreement transferring legal title to six antiquities from the museum's collections. The pieces include a group of 15 Hellenistic silver pieces and will be...

2006-01-14 13:21:09

By Rachel Sanderson and Roberto Bonzio ROME/MILAN (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Italians protested on Saturday demanding legal recognition for gay unions and the right to abortion, two days after Pope Benedict condemned homosexual marriage and the use of the abortion pill. Clutching banners reading "We will no longer be silenced," the demonstrators, many women and gay couples, crammed into squares in Rome and financial capital Milan. "We thought the church had withdrawn from...

2005-12-23 12:55:25

By Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Italy is close to a deal with New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art on the return of disputed antiquities in the latest chapter of a saga that has turned a spotlight on the international trade in stolen art. Italy's Culture Minister Rocco Buttiglione said on Friday that talks with Met Director Philippe de Montebello about an ancient bowl and silverware that Italians say were looted had taken a significant "step forward." "An agreement with the...

2005-12-23 12:56:08

By Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Italy is close to a deal with New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art on the return of disputed antiquities in the latest chapter of a saga that has turned a spotlight on the international trade in stolen art. Italy's Culture Minister Rocco Buttiglione said on Friday that talks with Met Director Philippe de Montebello about an ancient bowl and silverware that Italians say were looted had taken a significant "step forward." "An agreement with the...

2005-12-12 11:16:37

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - The palace of Nero, one of Rome's most popular tourist sites, risks falling apart and must close for emergency repairs, Italy's culture minister said on Monday. Rocco Buttiglione, who is fighting to stave off planned cuts to his ministry's 2006 budget, said leaking water meant bits of the palace's frescoed walls could collapse. He said the palace would close from Tuesday for at least two years. "We cannot guarantee the safety of both staff and...

2005-11-11 11:07:37

By Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Italy welcomed home on Friday three disputed art works from Los Angeles' J. Paul Getty Museum in the latest chapter of a saga that put the spotlight on the international trade in stolen art. The return of the treasures was even more significant because it came just days before the resumption of a trial in Rome of one of the Getty's former curators on charges she conspired with dealers trafficking in looted antiquities. Culture Minister Rocco...

2005-11-11 11:09:47

By Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Italy welcomed home on Friday three disputed art works from Los Angeles' J. Paul Getty Museum in the latest chapter of a saga that put the spotlight on the international trade in stolen art. The return of the treasures was even more significant because it came just days before the resumption of a trial in Rome of one of the Getty's former curators on charges she conspired with dealers trafficking in looted antiquities. Culture Minister Rocco...

2005-10-03 16:16:09

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum who is facing trial in Italy on charges that she conspired with dealers trafficking in looted antiques has retired to concentrate on her legal defense, the museum said on Monday. Meanwhile the Getty, one of the world's richest art institutions, has agreed to return to Italy three of the 42 disputed archaeological treasures curator Marion True acquired. Italian Culture Minister Rocco Buttiglione said he would be sending an...

2005-10-03 07:01:50

ROME (Reuters) - The J. Paul Getty Museum, one of the world's richest art institutions, has agreed to return to Italy three archaeological treasures its curator is accused of having acquired knowing they were looted. Italy's Culture Minister Rocco Buttiglione said he would be sending an official to Los Angeles to pick up the works. He wants the Getty to return the rest of a total of 42 disputed Italian art treasures it has in its collection. "The works are returning without an...


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