Condom ad causes stir in Bari

A condom advertisement featuring part-naked men is causing a stir in the area of Casamassina in Bari.

Condom ad causes stir in Bari
An ad featuring three part-naked men promoting online condoms in Bari could cause a stir. Photo:

The ad features three men, with their private parts covered by a beach ball of different sizes, inviting their audience to buy condoms online.

It appeared in a shopping area and will likely spark indignation from parents who shop in the area with their children, La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno reported.

“Who knows what the self-righteous might say this time,” the newspaper said.

“How will they explain these three bold young men to their children, touting condoms of all sizes, colours and flavours?” 

Website hit back at the newspaper, saying it was wrong to criticize the awareness campaign.

The ad, which is on a number of billboards across Bari, is designed to promote 'made to measure' condoms, which help avert the risk of men not wearing condoms because they fit poorly.

"The message informs people about the possibility of using condoms which are tailored to various sizes, from small to large. Using condoms is an act of responsibility towards those who wear them and others."

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The southern Italian city ranked among Europe’s best summer destinations by Lonely Planet

The world's largest guide book publisher, Lonely Planet, has released its annual list of Europe's top summer destinations, and only one Italian city made the list: the Pugliese capital of Bari.

The southern Italian city ranked among Europe's best summer destinations by Lonely Planet
The atmospheric streets of Bari's old town. Photo: Depositphotos

The southern Italian region of Puglia has long been a favourite summer destination for travellers in the know, but most head straight for the beaches and overlook its capital city, Bari.

But Bari has now become a travel guidebook favourite. popular with those seeking a slice of “authentic” Italy, with fewer crowds, lower prices and a slower pace of life than that found in many better-known Italian cities.

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Bari was chosen because of its efforts to revitalise its “formerly battered” seafront, as well as for the regional cuisine, including the local orecchiette pasta famously made in the street by grandmothers.

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The city is also known for its raw seafood – baby octopus is eaten raw, with just a squeeze of lemon – as well as the narrow streets of the old town, and the grand Cathedral of San Nicola.

Beyond the city, the region of Bari encompasses a long stretch of scenic, rocky Adriatic coastline, including the famous seaside towns of Monopoli and Polignano a Mare. 







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Inland, the area's iconic rural landscape is filled with olive groves and dotted with white masserie (fortified farmhouses) and conical trulli houses.

Lonely Planet's list of European travel hotspots was topped by the High Tatras in Slovakia, and also featured Iceland, the Swiss town of Vevey, and the Spanish capital, Madrid.

Last year's ranking highlighted the central Italian region of Emilia-Romagna as a must-visit destination.