US tourist charged with public indecency after posing naked at Amalfi Cathedral

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US tourist charged with public indecency after posing naked at Amalfi Cathedral
A view of Amalfi’s Duomo, the location of Thursday’s ‘sacred v profane’ photo shoot. Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP

An American woman and two British nationals face public indecency charges after setting up a risqué photoshoot on the steps of Amalfi’s Duomo.


According to local media reports, the woman, unidentified as of yet, stood in front of Amalfi’s Duomo in the early hours of Thursday morning and posed ‘au naturel’, with only a thin red drape covering her modesty.

The US national was reportedly the subject of a daring photoshoot as two fellow foreign nationals, allegedly from the UK, took turns in immortalising the woman’s curves against the Duomo’s religious imagery.


The scene was received by local bystanders with a mix of indignation and disbelief and the three were promptly reported to the police.

By the time local officers got to the scene, the maverick model and the two photographers had already left the Duomo’s steps and were perhaps already looking for another avant-garde shooting location.

However, Amalfi’s authorities, led by police chief Agnese Martingaro, later managed to locate the three rogue artists and proceeded to escort them to the local police station

When questioned by officers on the reasons behind the photoshoot, the three said they only wanted to create a concrete memory of their time on Amalfi’s riviera.

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Regardless of their motives, the trio was charged with public indecency and their case will now be dealt with by Salerno’s Public Prosecutor office.

In the meantime, the photo series has already rekindled local complaints about the behaviour of foreign nationals visiting Campania’s iconic seaside town.

Sadly, Amalfi is not new to rather indelicate public exploits – last September, two tourists thought it fit to take a midnight dip in Saint Andrew’s fountain and a video of their frolics quickly went viral online.


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Anonymous 2022/10/30 04:20
Definitely about the 'likes' and 'clicks'. Increasingly tourists seem to be showing a distinct lack of decency and respect, in the countries they are visiting, all for the almighty 'likes'.
Anonymous 2022/10/21 22:18
I would think that Amalfi was memorable enough without having to vulgarize its churches with a bit of spontaneous nudity with or without the scarlet drapery. I'll bet it was really about the "likes" and clicks.

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