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‘I need your help to face this ordeal’ – Sollecito

Raffaele Sollecito, who will face a retrial for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher next year, is calling on Facebook users to help raise €370,000 to pay his legal bill.

'I need your help to face this ordeal' - Sollecito
Raffaele Sollecito aims to raise €370,000. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP
Sollecito and his former American girlfriend, Amanda Knox  – orginally sentenced to 26 and 25 years for killing  Kercher at her home in Perugia in 2007 – were acquitted on appeal in 2011 after spending four years in jail.
 
However, Italy's highest court ordered a retrial in March.
 
Sollecito created a GoFundMe website earlier today, with a target of raising €370,000 for the retrial, which is due to take place in Florence next year. 
 
“I don’t have resources anymore to fight this injustice,” he says on the page. “I badly need to be able to hire experts, when needed, or pay my attorney's fees, documents fees, and so on when the new appeal will start." 
 
He added: “I hope not to bother you, but I need your help to face this ordeal. I don’t want to be forced to give up just for financial reasons.”
 
The page has so far attracted individual donations of up to €193.
 
Italy’s supreme court on Tuesday issued a 74-page document detailing the numerous inconsistencies it found in the acquittal. Knox's lawyer, Luciano Ghirga, said he was "very surprised" by the report, which means DNA evidence will need to be re-examined from scratch.
 
A third person, Ivory Coast-born Rudy Guede, remains in prison having had his 30-year sentence for Kercher’s murder reduced to 16 years on appeal.

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TOURISM

The new guide to Florence’s Uffizi Galleries – showing only the nudes

There are lots of guides to the visual splendours of Florence's world-famous galleries - but for those with a short attention span comes a new one, showing only nude or erotic artworks.

The new guide to Florence's Uffizi Galleries - showing only the nudes
Sandro Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" is the most famous work included in a controversial new guide to the Uffizi Galleries. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

The online guide to the gallieries is produced by the porn website Pornhub and provide a list of the best erotic artworks in each museum, plus directions of how to get there – so you don’t need to waste your time looking at paintings of people in clothes.

Part of the site’s Classic Nudes series of ‘erotic’ guides to some of the world’s most renowned museums, the guide for the Uffizi lists 21 artworks, together with a tongue-in-cheek commentary, and the location of each piece within the galleries.

“The Uffizi Gallery is located in the birthplace of the Renaissance: Florence, Italy. So it’s no wonder it has such a large collection of artwork from the era. But what you may find surprising is the sheer volume and variety of naked bodies rendered in paint, bronze and marble in this marvelous museum,” writes Pornhub.

Among the works featured are Botticelli’s Birth of Venus (1485) and the Roman statue of the Knidian Aphrodite, dating from the 1st Century.

The guide also includes the Venus of Urbino by Titian (1538), which it calls “kinky”, and Painting and Poetry by Francesco Furini (1626), which is described as featuring “two ridiculously hot babes who just so happen to be making out”.

Titian’s “Venus of Urbino”. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Bosses at the Uffizi were not amused at the gallery’s inclusion in Pornhub’s series and have threatened to sue.

Meanwhile in Paris, the Louvre’s management has said only that it is ‘dismayed’, while the Musée d’Orsay remained silent on the subject.

As is hopefully clear, the Pornhub guides are explicit in nature and not suitable for children.

The Uffizi does, however, provide a great day out for all the family and contains a lot of fully-clothed artwork too. At present it is operating with reduced visitor numbers due to health rules, so advance booking to recommended.

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