Ten Weird Laws In Italy

1) Leave your skirts at home, boys! Be it a tutu, a mini or a sarong – men aren’t allowed to wear one (in public, that is!). So, if you’re invited to a dress-up party, choose a costume that won’t put you behind bars.

2) Never forget to smile in Milan. Okay, not ‘never’. Apparently you’re allowed to stop smiling at funerals or in a hospital. The idea was to market Milan as a friendly, receptive city. And it is!

3) No selfie sticks in Milan. This global capital of fashion and design has outlawed selfie sticks in some popular tourist areas. Why? To avoid what they deem to be anti-social behaviour!

4) You’re not allowed to die……but only in Falciano del Massico, Campania. Mayor Giulio Cesare Fava passed this law after the town’s cemetery ran out of space! We guess you won’t really have to worry about being prosecuted for this one.

5) Three’s a crowd in Rome. Feel like singing, dancing, eating or drinking in the streets of Rome? That’s fine! Just don’t do it with more than one other person. Any group of three or more can be fined hundreds of euros for doing this.

6) DNA dog doody cross referencing in Naples. So this one is more of a campaign than a law, but still worth the giggles! A DNA database of pets is being created to match scat on the streets to pet owners, and fine them to within an inch of their lives!

7) Don’t make a racket with your shoes in Capri. Silence is golden – especially in the Isle of Capri. The islanders have banned noisy footwear in general, and a couple has since been arrested for wearing noisy flip flops!

8) No sandcastles on the beach in Eraclea. On the Venetian Lido lies the seaside town of Eraclea, where sandcastles have been deemed illegal. The path to the sea is clear at all times, but Eraclea is probably not the friendliest beach for kids!

9) Never fake it in Venice! We mean fake knock-offs of haute couture brands on the beaches in Venice. Any tourist caught buying fake brands is liable for a €1000! You might as well have bought the real thing!

10) No making out in cars in Eboli. In fact, it’s illegal to perform any public displays of affection in any moving vehicle in Eboli. We suggest visiting Eboli with a friend instead of a lover, then!

Arsenal 3 Southampton 0

Arsenal boosted their Champions League qualification hopes as they cruised past Southampton at Emirates Stadium despite captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being dropped from the squad. Stand-in skipper Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring for the Gunners in the 21st minute, finishing off a superb 16-pass team move. And Martin Odegaard doubled the lead six minutes later, heading home from close range. Arsenal dominated throughout and added a third after 62 minutes with defender Gabriel nodding in a Gabriel Martinelli corner. The Gunners jump up to fifth in the Premier League table, one point off the top four, while Southampton stay 16th.

All the pre-match talk was around Aubameyang, with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta saying the striker was missing out “due to a disciplinary breach”. It is not the first time the Spaniard has dropped Aubameyang for disciplinary reasons. In March, the Gabon international missed a win over rivals Tottenham for a “breach of pre-match protocol”. But after a slow start, pre-match incidents were soon forgotten as Lacazette converted Bukayo Saka’s cross, completing a team move that started with keeper Aaron Ramsdale. And minutes later Arsenal grabbed a second with Odegaard meeting Kieran Tierney’s header to score a third goal in as many matches. Arsenal’s dominance continued after the break with Gabriel scoring moments after he had had a goal chalked off for offside.

Martinelli then curled a strike against the post midway through the second half, with Saka also striking the woodwork and Takehiro Tomiyasu forcing a fine stop from keeper Willy Caballero. The hosts continued to impress in the closing stages, winning in style to end a run of back-to-back defeats. With Saints keeper Alex McCarthy out with a thigh injury and deputy Fraser Forster also missing, Ralph Hasenhuttl handed a debut to emergency signing Caballero. His first call to action was to pick the ball out of his net, with Southampton second best for much of the 90 minutes. At the other end, the visitors were limited to shots from range with Arsenal stopper Ramsdale making a number of routine saves. The result means Southampton are now winless in 23 Premier League matches at Arsenal, the longest by any club away from home in the competition’s history.