Italy has some weird laws, and I’m not talking only about the driving! Some of these weird Italy laws are good, some not so good. A lot of them are funny, and maybe even a little bit over the top. Here is a short list of things that are different in Italy. Some are traditions and some are actual laws.
In Milan a law states that locals must constantly smile or risk being fines. Those attending as funeral or visiting a hospital are exempt.
It’s against the law in Florence to eat or drink in the immediate vicinity of the main churches and public buildings.
Although I originally posted that the Supreme Court of Cassation ruled that it is legal for anyone living in Italy to grow marijuana from balconies or terraces, the current law is that recreational marijuana is illegal, according to Il Goccetto.
A few years ago the Italian Supreme Court ruled that having sex in a car that is parked in a public place is a felony, carrying a possible prison sentence of anywhere from three months to one year.
In the coastal town of Eraclea, building a sandcastle on the beach is prohibited since it might “obstruct the passage” of anyone strolling o the beach.
Turin has a law that requires dog owners to walk their pooches at least three times a day to avoid a fine of €500. It is also against the law to “turn one’s dog into a ridiculous fluffy toy.”
When a vendor or shop owner gives a customer change, it is never handed to you directly, but instead always laid on the counter or in a receptacle on the counter.
It is against the law to feed the pigeons in St Mark’s Square in Venice, but every time I go there, people are doing it. Many of these odd laws are not easy to enforce.
One of the most unusual and weird Italy laws that I’ve heard of is testing of dog poop samples in Naples and Capri. According to the New York Times, the samples are then matched to a DNA database and the owners who don’t clean up after their dogs are fined 500 euros. I wonder how that’s working out.
When you visit Milan, you’ll have to leave your selfie stick at home. The capital city of Italy has outlawed these in popular tourist areas.
Venice has recently banned kebab shops and other fast-food establishments not compatible with preserving Venice’s cultural heritage.
Have you heard of these facts about Italy? Do you know of any other unusual laws or traditions that set Italy apart from other places?
I’m interested to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment.
Grazie and Ciao
If you haven’t visited my Instagram page lately, please check it out for more images of Italy.