A few weeks ago, a mother filed a complaint against a woman tanning topless on a beach at Anzio, a city just south of Rome. The woman petitioned that her sons were deeply disturbed by the sight of the woman applying lotion to her bare breasts, but fellow Europeans responded in solidarity with the defendant with outrage over a very commonly-practiced form of laying on the beach.
In a decision that took barely any time at all, a Roman court threw out the complaint. They denied the mother’s claims that her 12 and 14 year old sons were shocked by this woman’s obscene and lewd acts, citing that topless sunbathing is something that happens on a regular occurrence on Italian beaches.
The topless sunbather’s lawyers pointed out the flaws in the mother’s complaints: it’s not illegal to tan topless and it’s not her fault if she has large breasts. As far as they are concerned, the boys were perfectly capable of turning away.
The lawyer went on to say, “The accusation against her was the product of bigotry and provincialism which, luckily, only characterizes a small number of Italians.”
The young woman hopes to enjoy the last bit of her summer without any complaints against how she chooses to catch her rays.
All valid points. But you know what they say: When in Rome, do as the Romans do. So inhibited travelers, be prepared to see some nudity on the beaches of Italy.
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