A pair of souvenir underpants with the Leaning Tower of Pisa on the crotch has created such a stir that Italy plans to hold a summit to ban trashy souvenirs.

This article titled “Italian cities plan summit to banish trashy souvenirs” was written by John Hooper in Rome, for The Guardian on Thursday 4th August 2011 17.52 UTC

Anyone who has visited Italy in recent years will have seen them.

There is the cooking apron with the naked torso of Michelangelo’s David. And there are the fans with scenes from the brothel at Pompeii. But it was underpants with the Leaning Tower of Pisa rearing up from around the crotch that finally did it.

Later this month representatives from five of Italy’s most prominent destinations for cultural tourism are due to meet in Tuscany to look at ways of stamping out the trashy side of the souvenir trade in their cities. The deputy mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, called the meeting as he welcomed a move by the local authority in Pisa to penalise vendors of the offending products.

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