Italy police recover 250 stolen antique nativity figurines
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ROME — Italy's carabinieri police say they've recovered about 250 hand-crafted nativity scene figurines dating from the 18th century that were stolen from churches and private homes in recent years.
The shepherds, crafted in the traditional Neapolitan style, are estimated to be worth over 2 million euros, though police said their artistic and cultural value was inestimable. The figures were displayed at a news conference Friday by police detailing the recovery.
Paolo Albano, chief prosecutor in Isernia, who
Neapolitan artisans are renowned worldwide for crafting extraordinarily realistic nativity scenes that often take over entire living rooms in Italy at Christmastime.