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History, art or wine buff: what kind of Italy expat are you?

Whatever motivated you to move to Italy, The Local's got you sussed. From diplomacy to wine, we've picked out the top ten expat tribes in Italy. Which one do you belong to?

History, art or wine buff: what kind of Italy expat are you?
Did you come to Italy to sketch scenes of Tuscany? Photo: Dimiti Flickr

As a foreigner in Italy, you may be entirely unaware that you have become a member of an expat tribe. A simple test can however detect which one you belong to.

Begin by deciding which of the following three descriptions most closely describes you and, if you're wildly different, check out the top ten to find out which is your expat tribe.

1. You have read every book on ancient Roman history and are so acquainted with Roman emperors that you call them by their first name. 

2. You have a penchant for flowing scarves and love to sit in the piazza wistfully with your sketchbook.

3. You've come to Italy to find yourself through a spiritual process based on the healing qualities of pizza.  

READ MORE: What kind of Italy expat are you?

Photo: The Local Italy

By Maya Acharya

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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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