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50 Years In Italy: Stolen Treasures Return to Italy

50 Years In Italy: Stolen Treasures Return to Italy | Tuscany | Scoop.it

Ever since the 1770s when William Hamilton collected and exported Greek vases found in the excavations of Pompeii , ancient artifacts and tomb robbers ( tombaroli ) have been part of the Italian scene.
According to the Carabinieri, the theft of Italy’s art and archeological patrimony is fourth on the list of crime in Italy, after arms, drugs and financial crime.
Many of these objects have been looted from tombs and necropoli in Etruria, in central Italy or from the Puglia region.
On show until mid-March I Tesori : La Memoria Ritrovata at Palazzo Qurinale in Rome, an exhibit of over 100 objects found and returned to Italy by the Carabinieri. [...]

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The beautiful and fresh Lucca, Tuscany, Italy | Top Holiday Destinations

The beautiful and fresh Lucca, Tuscany, Italy | Top Holiday Destinations | Tuscany | Scoop.it
The beautiful and fresh Lucca, Tuscany, Italy just refreshes you mind. The detailed architecture and fantastic environment is just capturing.
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To Siena to See the Door to Heaven | Tuscan Traveler

To Siena to See the Door to Heaven | Tuscan Traveler | Tuscany | Scoop.it

Experience the extraordinary opening of the Porta del Cielo (Door of Heaven) – or, at least, Siena’s version of it. From April 6 to October 27, 2013, if you happen to visit Siena, don’t miss this spectacular opportunity.
For the first time, after extensive renovation, it will be possible to take a tour of the walkways in the vault of the Duomo of Siena. Internal passages, balconies (both inside and outside) and hidden attic spaces will be open to small, guided groups. Until now, these parts of the Cathedral were accessible only to the architects and builders in charge of maintaining the structure over the centuries.
The two massive towers on each side of the façade of the Duomo house spiral staircases that lead up into the roof where there is a series of walkways and rooms that provide astonishing views of both the interior of the Duomo and the city of Siena outside.
You will be able to look down onto the marble intarsia floor of the main nave and understand its design in a way that until now could only be done through photographs. You will be able to traverse the walkway over the main altar and almost reach out and touch Duccio di Buoninsegna’s stained glass rose window. Finally, you will be able to walk along the balcony inside the dome of the cathedral from which there is a fabulous view of the high altar.
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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, April 9, 2013 2:26 PM

The Door to Heaven Guided Tour (La Porta del Cielo)
6 April – 27 October, 2013
Reservations required: tickets per person €25, groups of max 17 people €400. Tel +39 0577 286300 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm) or email: opasiena@operalaboratori.com
For all of the details of what to wear and what to consider before taking the tour see the official website.

http://www.operaduomo.siena.it/eng/portadelcielo_approfondimento.htm 

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Pietrasanta, Tuscany: Living With Art : Tuscany Travel Blog

Pietrasanta, Tuscany: Living With Art : Tuscany Travel Blog | Tuscany | Scoop.it

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Pietrasanta is such a lovely little town, filled with art and culture. A grewt place to visit together with Carrara and thr Marble quarries!

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Serene's curator insight, May 31, 2013 6:29 PM

My husband John took some great picture at this marble scultping center in Pietrasanta, Tuscany, Italy.  These artisans are amazing!

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Beautiful Lucca in Tuscany

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Discover this jewel called Lucca in Tuscany. Even in the pouring rain with a jacket on and an umbrella in hand, the city had something ...
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