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Medieval frescoes among recovered treasures

Two medieval frescoes looted from a tomb near Naples in 1982 and recovered in a raid have been returned to Italy.

Speaking alongside the head of the Carabinieri Police Unit for the Protection of the Cultural Heritage, General Gianni Nistri, De Caro said the frescoes were probably the most important pieces of recently recovered art. They originally adorned the walls of one of the famous tufa chambers called Fornelle at Calvi south of Monte Cassino, site of the Ancient Roman city of Cales.

The particularly ornate chamber – many of whose frescoes are still missing – is believed to have been the tomb of 11th-century Count Pandolfo and his wife Countess Gualferada.

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