Venice tourist sunbathing nude on war memorial kicked out of town

(CNN) – A tourist was kicked out of Venice after being caught posing for topless photos on a war memorial.

The 30-year-old from the Czech Republic stripped off last Friday afternoon, dumped her belongings on the monument – which pays homage to Italian war heroes – while taking a swim in the freezing lagoon, and then lay down next to the statue of a murdered partisan in pose for photos.

She was banned from Venice for 48 hours and fined $ 513.

Local Mario Nason was walking with his son when he saw the woman and her two companions on the monument, which is located on the waterfront.

Dedicated to the women who gave their lives in the struggle for freedom under fascism, it consists of a bronze statue of a murdered partisan, half in water, half on a bronze and concrete platform. Located near the gardens of the Biennale, it is one of the relatively few statues dedicated to women in Italy.

“It was a beautiful day and we saw two people taking pictures. I saw a strange movement and then I saw this woman swimming without worry,” Nason told CNN.

“I thought she was crazy, thinking she could swim on a freezing day.

“But then I saw that he was trying to get out of the water by climbing onto the statue, wearing only the bikini bottoms.

“She got up, then went back into the water, completely relaxed.

“Her boyfriend and another woman had climbed over the barrier and were on the monument, to photograph her better. They were there next to her clothes that she had left [on the monument], just like you do on the beach. “

The woman, without a name, was stopped by the carabinieri. They fined her € 350 ($ 400) and hit her with an antisocial behavior order, including a 48-hour ban from the city, which comes with a separate € 100 ($ 113) fine.

The woman took a dip in the frozen water before posing topless for photos on the war memorial.  CNN has blurred portions of this image to protect the identities of the people in the photo.

The woman took a dip in the frozen water before posing topless for photos on the war memorial. CNN has blurred portions of this image to protect the identities of the people in the photo.

courtesy of Matteo Nason

“It was amazing why [the tourists] they asked, ‘How is this a problem?’ They had no inkling of what they were doing, ”Nason said.

“It’s like going to Rome, jumping into the Trevi Fountain and then saying, ‘What do you mean, you can’t do it?’

“You can say, whatever, they didn’t kill anyone. But when I travel, if I see a fountain, I don’t want to jump into it. If I’m in Paris, walking along the Seine, don’t” don’t throw me in the river. If I went to Prague, threw my clothes on a monument and took a bath, would nothing happen? It’s common sense. Why are these things done in Venice that they would not do elsewhere? “

The tourist went for a swim in the lagoon, before lying down next to the statue of the murdered partisan, posing for photos.

The tourist went for a swim in the lagoon, before lying down next to the statue of the murdered partisan, posing for photos.

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A local police spokesperson told CNN that, according to their report, the woman was lying on the monument, imitating the dead partisan for a photo.

“He wanted the statue in the shot,” they said. “I guess she apologized.”

Misbehaving tourists in Venice are nothing new. Just a week earlier, a man undressed and dived into the Grand Canal: he was never caught.

Others were fined and forced to leave the city for violating the rules of decorum. Last summer, a Scottish tourist was expelled for diving off the Accademia Bridge into the Grand Canal after an alcoholic evening. And in 2019 a German couple was expelled for making coffee on a camping stove under the Rialto Bridge.

“Sitting in Piazza San Marco with a slice of pizza, or making coffee, is a wonderful thing to put on Facebook, but if 30 million tourists do that, Venice becomes a beach or a campsite,” said Nason.

«This goes beyond the personal disturbance of the sensibility around the partisan monument. They probably didn’t know that the statue of the woman lying there was a dead partisan. But it treats Venice like a beach.

“Just because you feel like doing something doesn’t mean you should do it.”

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