(Jan 11 )The Carditello Lodge, one of the 22 royal Bourbon sites from the 1700s, long in a state of decay, has been acquired at auction for 11.5 million euros and will be turned over to Mibac (Italian acronym for the ministry of cultural activities). Presumably this is the first step in the process of restoration of the site, located to the south-west of Caserta, midway between the towns of San Tammaso and Casal Principe. This comes after the tragic death on Christmas day of Tommaso Cestrone, the so-called "Angel of Carditello," age 51, a shepherd who volunteered his services as a watchman at the site in exchange for a place to stay for himself and his family. There is a complete list of the 22 Bourbon sites at this link.
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