One of Italy's best-loved cultural icons, a pair of ancient Greek statues called the Riace Bronzes, is back home in a Calabrian museum after four years lying on their backs in the seat of the regional government.
Riace Bronzes back home in Reggio Calabria Museum
"We are keeping a promise to give all the citizens of the world back one of its greatest treasures," said Culture Minister Massimo Bray.
Bray vowed to give the Bronzes "all the loving attention they need" to restore them to their full glory after the toll of undignified neglect in a store-room of the government offices in Reggio Calabria, on the other side of the southern Italian city.
"Thanks to Bray, the bronzes will soon be back on display," said Calabria Archaeological Superintendent Simonetta Bonomi. [..]