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ITALIAN MUSEUM CLOSING TO BATTLE WOODWORMS

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One of Italy's leading museums has called the exterminator to halt an invasion of woodworms.

The Borghese Gallery, located in Villa Borghese Park near the Piazza del Popolo, will be closed through Oct. 10 for extensive woodworm extermination, said Luigi Conte of the Ministry of Culture.The museum displays paintings and sculptures dating from Roman times to the 19th century, including masterpieces by Botticelli and Caravaggio.

"The museum's paintings on wood, the frames and the wood structures that canvases are stretched out on are being attacked," said the Rome newspaper Il Tempo. It said the works under siege were those in storage.