In Reggio, one of southern Italy's most important archaeological museums has been waiting for years for the return of its prize exhibit, the statues known as the Bronzi di Riace, which were discovered by an amateur deep-sea diver off Calabria's Ionian Coast in 1972. After a lengthy but necessary conservation operation, the 5th century BC bronzes of two Greek warriors, thought to be the work of either Pheidias or Polykleitos, have now returned to take pride of place
in their special temperature-controlled room, complete with new earthquake-resistant bases. Visitors are allowed to view the bronzes in groups of 20, every 20 minutes. The visit includes a video illustrating the various phases of restoration.