Castellammare di Stabia, Naples, Italy (AHN) – The town of Castellammare di Stabia in Italy has announced a ban on the wearing of miniskirts and other provocative clothing by women. Violators of the ban would be fined $660 (500 euros).
The town council also prohibited the wearing of low-waist jeans that often reveal the underwear or a person’s private parts.
The ban on miniskirts and low-waist jeans are among 41 new rules released by the town’s council in a bid to bring back urban decorum and improve coexistence, according to Mayor Luigi Bobbio.
Other prohibitions include playing football in gardens and parks and cussing in public.
Castellammare di Stabia, located near Naples, was once buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted. It is known for its castle by the sea, ancient architecture, churches, works of art and thermal baths–making it a vacation draw for casually dressed tourists.
The town is not alone among local governments in Italy that have passed such laws over the past years as a result of the national government granting local councils more powers to address crime and anti-social behavior in their localities. Other laws passed by local councils include a ban on building sand castles on beaches, smooching in cars and feeding stray cats.