Pisa Puts a Hit Out on Trashy Souvenirs
Wherever will we get boxer shorts with strategically-placed leaning towers anymore? Thanks to the city of Pisa taking itself too seriously, vendors selling "vulgar" souvenirs face hefty fines, reports news.com.au.
Boxers like those with the not-so-leaning tower cost one salesman 500 euro ($713) for the offense of selling "merchandise harmful to propriety." – Pisa's not playing around.
Other items on the hit list include aprons depicting the artfully chiseled core of Michelangelo's David and some suggestive Pompeiian art.
"These horrors must be eliminated from the shelves of souvenir merchants,'' Pisa mayor Marco Filippeschi told the press. And, of course, the local church judged the items "vulgar and offensive to the faithful''.
The cities of Florence and Siena joined Pisa in asking Tuscan regional authorities to grant them more power to protect the "urban environment."
That's OK, there's always Rome.
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