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17 April 2000

The summaries in English were extracted from complete articles published on Il Centro - Quotidiano d'Abruzzo and Il Messaggero - Abruzzo edition.

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17 April 2000 - Il Messaggero

Penna Sant'Andrea - From emigrant to enterpreneur / Da emigrante ad imprenditore
Giacomo Soffiaturo, 65, kidnapped in Venezuela by FARC guerrilla fighters last july, was finally released after a ransom of 9 billion Lire. Soffiaturo has 6 siblings in Italy, a sister in Canada and 2 brothers in Venezuela with whom he started in Barquisimeto a fireworks distribution, to establish a cattle and agricultural enterprise later on.

17 April 2000 - Il Centro

L'Aquila - 25 vestini tombs found at Bazzano / Scoperte altre 25 tombe dei vestini a Bazzano, by Angela Baglioni
The tombs are from the 8th - 7th century B.C. There are also children's sepulchres and very rich ornaments. The findings reveal an Eastern influence, according to archeologist D'Ercole, which was not very common in Abruzzo. The tombs were discovered while in Fossa an international congress was being held, and many archeologists gathered to have a first hand glimpse of the excavations.

17 April 2000 - Il Centro

L'Aquila - Museums and old mansions / Musei e antichi palazzi custodi
Many palaces in the city preserve unvaluable works of art and history. The Palazzo Ducale, Paganica, is rich in ancient furniture. Casa-museo Signorini Corsi can show clocks, jewels, a precious Botticelli's Nativity, cristal pieces. In the Municipality bronze pieces, ancient prints, portraits and antique ceramics. Real little known treasures.