Italy welcomes home looted ancient artworks from US

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023

ROME: Italy on Monday celebrated the return of 60 looted archaeological artefacts worth more than $20 million, many of which had been on display at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art before their illicit origin was discovered.

The items, which US authorities handed over to Italian counterparts in September, include “The Marble Head of Athena,” worth an estimated $3 million, and a fresco stolen from Herculaneum, an ancient Roman city near Pompeii.