Tourist banned from Venice for posing topless on war memorial

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Tourist banned from Venice for posing topless on war memorial

A 30-year-old tourist from the Czech Republic has reportedly been kicked out of Venice after being caught posing topless on a war memorial.

The unnamed woman stripped down Friday and left her belongings on top of the monument dedicated to Italy’s war heroes as she went for a swim in the lagoon, CNN reported.

She then posing for photos by a statue paying homage to women who gave their lives to fight fascism.

The woman was banned from the romantic “City of Water” for 48 hours and fined $513 — $400 for anti-social behavior and $113 for the ban, according to the news outlet.

Local Mario Nason was walking with his son when he saw the woman and her two companions on the waterfront monument, which consists of a bronze statue of a murdered partisan.

“It was a beautiful day and we saw two people taking photos. I saw a strange movement and then I saw this woman swimming without a care in the world,” Nason told CNN.

“I thought she must be crazy, thinking she could swim on a freezing day,” he said. “But then I saw she was trying to get out of the water by climbing onto the statue, wearing just her bikini bottoms.

Aerial view of Venice.
Local Mario Nason spotted the bizarre photo-op while out with his son.
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“She got up on it, then she got back into the water, totally relaxed,” Nason continued.

Nason said that the woman’s boyfriend and another woman jumped over the barrier and climbed on the monument to get the shot.

“They were stood there beside her clothes that she’d left [on the monument], just as you do on the beach,” he said.

The strange photo-op, however, appeared to barely phase the tourists, he said.

“It was incredible because [the tourists] were asking, ‘How is this a problem?’ They didn’t have the slightest inkling of what they were doing,” Nason said.

Venice, Italy.
The unnamed woman is now banned from the city.
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“It’s like going to Rome, leaping in the Trevi Fountain and then saying, ‘What do you mean, you can’t do this?’” he said.

A police spokesperson told CNN that the woman was imitating the dead partisan for a photo while lying on the monument,

“She wanted the statue in the shot,” the rep said. “I imagine she apologized.”

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