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Banning all the fun

By RT | August 19, 2008

Local governments in Italy have been given the jurisdiction to make lots of laws.

Here is a list of some decorum-raising “don’ts”:
1. Capri–If you’re leaving the beach, it better not be in your bikini. (Does that mean to walk around nekkid?)

2. Eraclea–You can’t display your sandcastle construction skills at this beach. Geez, the unions over here would be calling in their mob buddies. I’m just sayin’. (Really, I’m from Jersey and shouldn’t joke about the construction trade’s ties to the mob. It’s not good that I had neighbors and a landlord with ties, is it? Of course, I didn’t find out this information until I was an adult.)

3. Forte dei Marmi–You all might actually like this one: don’t mow your lawn over the weekend. (I like that law.)

4. Eboli (Ay-BOL-ee) not (EE-bol-eye to be confused with EE-coal-eye)…well, I was almost fluent in Italian, once; it’s all gone, now–In the town of Eboli, if you are caught smoochin’ or taking part in any other manner of romantic fun, you’ll be fined the equivalent of $745. You also can’t feed the pigeons. That’s another good law, actually.

5. Novara–Groups of more than two people cannot hang out in the parks at night. So, I guess you won’t be fined for smoochin’ unless it becomes a group effort.

6. Vincenza–A man was fined for lounging while reading a book in a park. (That mayor is working to drop that silly rule.)

Some of these are good, some are wacky; however, I think they failed to implement a few much needed laws:

1. Ban tourists from walking around and randomly belting out .

2. Vespas are no longer allowed to be exported to the United States.

3. Prohibiting tourists from standing near the Leaning Tower of Pisa for the “I’m-holding-up-the-tower” photo would be greatly appreciated. I’m tired of feigning amusement when I see the pictures.

Any laws you’d pass?

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5 Responses to “Banning all the fun”

  1. Old NFO Says:
    August 19th, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    You have to ‘love’ Italy… pinching womens butts is a daily pastime for young and old, as is hitting on ANY foreign female tourist, even if she is standing with a group of male countrymen (of course that particular sleazebag only did it once, and we left before he woke up)…

  2. Old Soldier Says:
    August 19th, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Hey, I was on top of the Leaning Tower, when I was a kid about 7 years old. We were stationed in Germany and me and my parents went there on a vacation. I still have a pic of me on top of it. Your pic brought back a good memory. thanks

  3. teqjack Says:
    August 19th, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    1. Ban tourists from walking around and randomly belting out “O Sole Mio”.

    Not tourists, perhaps, but Italian prisoners face a ban on singing since authorities realized they were using it to pass messages.

    via FARK –
    *Silvio Berlusconi has banned Mafia bosses from singing*
    Informers have told prison officials that inmates have passed on messages and orders in song. Inmates have been singing messages to each other in their native dialects such as Sicilian, Neapolitan or Pugliese which were incomprehensible to prison warders.

  4. -->Fiar --> Says:
    August 20th, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Can we shoot the pigeons?

  5. RT Says:
    August 20th, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Well, at least we know the gypsies are safe from pinching. They just let them shrivel up and die.

    Old Soldier
    I’m glad I could give you some good thoughts and memories this evening. :)

    Wow! That’s really interesting. Those criminal types are pretty resourceful, huh?

    YUP! You can even sell them to the dumpster diners