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

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

A view of Amalfi Cathedral, Campania
A view of Amalfi’s Duomo, the location of Thursday’s ‘sacred v profane’ photo shoot. Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP

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 unbecoming 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 the potential genuineness 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 ‘sacred v profane’ photo series has already rekindled local complaints about the behaviours of foreign nationals visiting Campania’s iconic seaside town.

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

Orazio Soricelli, Amalfi’s bishop, is expected to comment on the issue in the next few days.

Member comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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’.

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Falling Christmas decorations cause ‘irreversible damage’ to Italy’s Verona Arena

The Verona Arena, one of Italy’s most iconic landmarks, was closed to the public after a giant steel Christmas decoration collapsed while being taken down on Monday.

Falling Christmas decorations cause 'irreversible damage' to Italy's Verona Arena

The accident happened in the late morning of Monday, January 24th but was only revealed to national media late in the evening. 

Verona’s Archaeology and Fine Arts Superintendent, Vincenzo Tinè, told Ansa that the steel comet fell to the ground as it was being lifted out of the amphitheatre.

The structure – 82 metres in length and weighing around 78 tons – reportedly defaced a section of the arena’s stands, with Tinè describing the damage to the venue as “irreversible” earlier on Tuesday. 

Local police sealed off the area immediately after the accident, and prosecutor Alberto Sergi was reportedly set to launch an official inquiry into the collapse.

Repair works were expected to take weeks, and it wasn’t known how long the arena would remain closed to the public.

Well-known figures from Italy’s art world commented on the accident, with controversial art critic Vittorio Sgarbi saying the steel comet, which has been used as part of the building’s Christmas decorations since 1984, should “never be let into the arena again”.

A Roman amphitheatre dating back to around 30 AD, the Verona Arena is widely regarded as one of the best-preserved ancient buildings of its kind.

To this day, the building is used as a venue for some of the most important large-scale opera performances in the world.