… The world-famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci remained hidden for two years in the Veddasca Valley, specifically in the village of Cadero con Graglio. In the summer of 1911, Vincenzo Peruggia from Dumenza committed the most sensational art theft in history. He stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre and hid the painting in a small cave underneath a carpet in the inn of the Lancelotti brothers, friends and accomplices of Peruggia. The Mona Lisa remained missing until the day an art dealer in Florence received a letter from Peruggia in the winter of 1913. In the letter, he wanted to return the Mona Lisa and demanded 500,000 lire in return. Alfredo Geri, however, informed the police and Peruggia was arrested.
In the meantime, you can also admire the Mona Lisa’s smile at our campsite Lagocamp in our cosy bar. The painting is an original and contemporary interpretation of the original, as the Italian artist LADY BE creates her paintings exclusively with recycled materials.