Italy’s Art Police, Ongoing Fight Against Pillage Of Priceless Works

NPR | Sylvia Poggioli:

Italy has been described as the world’s biggest open-air museum. And with illegally excavated antiquities, looting of unguarded, centuries-old churches and smuggling of precious artworks, it’s also an art theft playground. But thanks to an elite police squad, Italy is also at the forefront in combating the illicit trade in artworks — believed to be among the world’s biggest forms of trafficking and estimated to be worth billions… Read more

Image: The police force for protection of Italy’s cultural heritage is headquartered in Rome’s Piazza Sant’Ignazio. Sylvia Poggioli/NPR