Calling them ‘cursed’, Canadian tourist returns artifacts to Italy
Oct 15 2020
Nicole attached the parcel to another letter from a Canadian couple with stolen stones from the same site also in 2005, in which they indicated that they took them without thinking of the pain and suffering of those who lived in this part of the earth during the eruption of the blessings of Vesuvius.
The Canadian woman identified only as Nicole, sent back two white mosaic tiles, two pieces of amphora vase and a piece of ceramic wall to the Archaeological Park in Pompeii, along with a note expressing regret for her actions.
"I wanted to have a piece of history that couldn't be bought", wrote the woman, who said she was "young and dumb" at the time.
In a letter she sent along with the package, Nicole insisted that the objects "bring bad luck", and that they have "so much negative energy... linked to that land of destruction". People are drawn to its interesting history where a whole town was buried by volcanic ashes coming from the Mount Vesuvius explosion that took place in 79 A.D. The whole city remained underneath until its discovery in the late 16th century. "For this forgive me for the gesture made years ago, I learned my lesson", Nicole wrote.
The woman added that she also gave a tile from Pompeii to a friend at some point, but does not know whether that person will also return the relic.
"Please, take them back, they bring bad luck", she wrote. Please accept these artifacts so that you do the right thing for the mistake I made.
"I am so sorry, one day I will return to your lovely country to apologize in person", the woman added.
The ancient city is one of the most visited attractions in Italy and has had to contend with many tourists pilfering its ruins. We took them without thinking of the pain and suffering these poor souls experienced during the eruption of Vesuvius and their awful death. They also wished that the souls lost at Pompeii would be able to "rest in peace", the outlet reported.
According to the spokesperson of the Archaeological Park at Pompeii, over the years they have received hundreds of similar small artifacts stolen by visitors during a trip to Pompeii. A selection of letters and returned artifacts has been put on display at the Pompeii Antiquarium.