Italy has successfully reclaimed 750 valuable archaeological treasures that were stolen and sold by a British antiquities trader named Robin Symes. These artifacts, worth €12 million ($12.9 million), have been returned to Italy after a long legal battle. They will now be displayed in Rome’s Castel Sant’Angelo museum, alongside other recovered stolen art. These treasures include a bronze tripod table, headgear for horses used in parades, funerary paintings, marble sculptures of men, fragments of statues and bronzes, and even a wall painting depicting a small temple. The collection also includes precious gems set in gold, silver, bronze, bone, and amber.

These artifacts were illegally obtained through secret excavations in Italy. Legal action was taken against Symes’ company, which led to bankruptcy proceedings in the United Kingdom. Additionally, 71 more objects currently in the United States will be recovered soon. Italy’s success in reclaiming these 750 objects marks an important achievement in their ongoing efforts to recover stolen treasures. The Minister of Culture emphasized the significance of safeguarding Italy’s cultural heritage and preventing traffickers from profiting from the nation’s history.