The case of the stolen frescoes
The mysterious Italian theft that baffled the world
The ancient Italian city of Matera is a 2019 European Capital of Culture and stands as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But the path to this privileged status came at a cost. In 1962, a group of locals realised that several frescoes had been removed from the historical rock churches in the area. This discovery unleashed an international crime investigation that helped the city advance preservation efforts.