Roman statue stolen from Italian actor Benigni recovered
Italian police have recovered and an ancient Roman statue stolen from comic Italian actor and director Roberto Benigni.
The statue from the second-century was stolen from Benigni’s villa in Rome in 2010.
It has now been tracked down to Spain and will be returned to the comedian, police said.
In the same probe, the Carabinieri Unit for the Protection of Cultural Heritage also recovered a sculpture that had been stolen from Rome’s Villa Borghese gallery.
In the course of another probe, a precious bas-relief attributed to the Della Robbia brothers that was stolen almost 50 years ago from a church in Scansano near Grosseto was also recovered.
All the recovered works will be put on display in the Carabinieri Unit for the Protection of Cultural Heritage Rome HQ on Wednesday.