Weird law: Public places, no frowning

  Not only is Italy the birthplace of Roman law, but it is also a “true treasure trove” of strange, funny, and even absurd regulations. In Milan, for example, frowning is forbidden in public; in Lerici, under no circumstances should towels be hung where they can be seen from the windows of houses. How many weird regulations like this are there in Italy?
  Speaking of strange laws, they are still reflected in some countries in the world. For example, in Thailand, if you step on a coin, it is against the law, because the local coin has the king’s head on it, and stepping on the coin is disrespectful to the king. There are also countries where people are kissing when they are parting, causing frequent delays in trains, so local people are not allowed to kiss on the railway platform. These ridiculous regulations have also made the image of some countries a lot more interesting.
  When it comes to the country of Italy, both the cultural atmosphere and the humanistic environment make tourists fascinated. Walking on the streets is often attracted by the medieval architectural style. Whether it is the ancient city of Rome with a long history or the modern and fashionable Milan, it shows the unique heritage of this European country. But today we are not talking about the local scenery, but the local strange laws and regulations.
  Recently, the “Russian newspaper” website published an article saying that Italy is not only the birthplace of Roman law, but also the “real treasure house” of many strange, funny and sometimes absurd regulations. In Milan, for example, frowning is prohibited in public places. In the resort town of Lerici, for example, it is not permitted under any circumstances to hang towels where they can be seen from a house window.
  How many weird regulations like this are there in Italy?
  Milan: Prohibition of frowning in public places Speaking
  of which, the earliest Italian city with strange laws may be Milan, a city in the world’s impression where passers-by are rushing and ignoring each other.
  According to the report, those who are going to Milan for a visit in the near future must make sure to keep a vibrant smile on their faces at all times. After all, Milanese law states: frowning in public places is forbidden.
  The statute, which emerged when the Austrians ruled the city in the 19th century, required everyone to keep smiling except those who attended funerals or went to the hospital. In theory, violators of the statute should be fined, but in practice no one has ever been penalized for it.
  In the southern Italian city of Tropea, there is a law that prohibits fat, ugly middle-aged and elderly women from displaying nudity on the beach. Young beauties have a certain “privilege”: they can appear half-naked on golden beaches. Italian lawmakers aren’t ignoring men either: Men who show up in public places wearing skirts on the streets of Italy can be fined.
  In the small town of Falciano del Masico, in the southern Italian peninsula’s Campania region, one of the most hilarious laws has been enforced – the prohibition of death. As the ordinance went into effect in 2012, 3,700 residents of the small town were “forced” to live forever in order not to break the law. The reason for the law is simple – there are not enough cemeteries.
  The dog must be walked 3 times a day, otherwise the fine is 500 euros
  In Europeans, Italy is considered to be the country that loves animals the most, and many cities have legislation to protect animals. Especially in Turin, the third largest city in Italy, if the dog owner does not walk the dog three times a day, if he is caught, he will be fined, and the most serious penalty will be 500 euros. If a pet is deliberately abandoned, not only will there be high fines, but in serious cases, jail time. In addition, pets are not allowed to dye their fur, which is considered some form of abuse.
  In Venice, the “water capital” of Italy, it is not allowed to feed pigeons. Regarding this law varies from place to place in Italy, because Venetians do not want their beloved buildings to be dotted with pigeon dung, and the local government does not welcome people who join in the fun, feed the pigeons and make a mess in Piazza San Marco tourists. They don’t like tourists being topless, climbing into fountains, or sitting on the sidewalk munching on sandwiches. Likewise, jumping into a fountain pool to cool off is not welcome.
  If the above behavior is only a first-time offender, the local police will warn you; if you are caught again, you have to face a fine of up to $600. A Venice government spokesman said the local police were more lenient with tourists who fed pigeons just to take pictures.
  ’You can go to jail if you’re not careful’
  ”Italian mayors are too difficult to do.” Due to the harsh joint responsibility, thousands of mayors in Italy collectively wrote to the national parliament in June 2021, urging legislators to revise the country’s almost “ridiculous” legal provisions to avoid City officials “go to jail if they’re not careful.”
  According to the British “Times” report, the mayor of Crema, a small city in northern Italy, Bonardi, was shocked to learn that she was facing a criminal investigation, and the matter had nothing to do with her, only because a person in the city area A child accidentally got two fingers caught in a school fire door. The inexplicable lawsuit sparked a collective protest from the country’s city officials, with mayors saying that the relevant legal provisions were too absurd and unclear, and that they were likely to be imprisoned for a small accident.
  De Carlo, the mayor of Bari, Italy, and chairman of the Mayors Association, said angrily that a maintenance worker in a certain city accidentally fell to his death from a height, and the mayor of that city was investigated for “manslaughter”; another A stampede occurred in the city, and its mayor was also sentenced to a year and a half in prison. In De Carlo’s view, “this kind of thing is outrageous.” As early as March 2021, he joined about 4,000 mayors in a collective petition asking the parliament to amend the law.
  The legal system puts Italian city officials at risk. What is even more absurd is that just when the country is making every effort to promote economic development in the “post-epidemic era”, mayors around the world are afraid to easily use the funds allocated by the state to start large-scale infrastructure projects for fear of getting into a lawsuit.

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