Vandals Deface Tombs of Beloved Neapolitans

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NAPLES, Italy (AP) - Bandits have vandalized the tombs of two of Italy's most beloved artists, the legendary tenor Enrico Caruso and comic actor Toto, news reports said Sunday.

The tombs are located near one another in the Santa Maria del Pianto cemetery in Naples.

Television footage of Toto's mausoleum on Sunday showed a bare
spot above the doorway where a coat of arms, made by Toto himself,
once was affixed. Nearby, vandals broke into the chapel in Caruso's
tomb and stole a bronze candelabra, the ANSA news agency reported.

ANSA quoted the official in charge of maintaining Naples' cemeteries, Sabatino Santangelo, as expressing regret at the vandalism but saying there is no way to keep the areas guarded overnight.

The world-renown Caruso died in 1921 at the age of 48.

Born Antonio De Curtis, Toto remains one of Italy's most beloved and famous comics. He died in 1967 after starring in dozens of films.

His daughter, Liliana De Curtis, blamed the city of Naples for "betraying" her father by not taking better care of the cemetery. Mayor Rosa Iervolino Russo expressed her "extreme displeasure" at the crime, ANSA said.

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