Do discovered cultural items automatically become property of Italian state?

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      Milestone Rome
      Milestone Rome
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      How does the ownership of objects found on one’s property work in Italy?

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      Milestone Rome
      Milestone Rome
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      Yes, according to Italian law, any cultural object or real estate fortuitously found even in a private property belongs to the state. To encourage the communication of discoveries, however, a “premio di ritrovamento” is expected: there is the right to receive a money reward for returning the item to the state, if some conditions are respected.

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