More on Italian Laws

I think it’s interesting to discover differences between the laws in the U.S. and the laws in Italy. Many are similar and others are very different, perhaps a commentary on the differences in lifestyles.

Armed law enforcement in Milano

Some of Italy’s laws seem really weird and in fact Jeffrey Fisher has written a book on the subject, called Stupid Laws of Italy.

On a beach near Venice in the town of Eraclea it is illegal to build sandcastles on the beach. The authorities cite  “obstructing the passage” as the reason. That would never fly in Florida for sure.

Italian beach

Kissing in a moving car in the town of Eboli south of Naples will get you a fine up to 500 euros, and certain baby names out outlawed in Italy. Italy’s Appeals Court ruled several years ago that if the “name is likely to limit social interaction and create insecurity” it will not be allowed. The Italian courts have even ordered the parents to rename the child a more traditional Italian name chosen by the court.


Just last summer the Italian high court, the Court of Cassation, decided that it is legal to grow marijuana in small amounts in pots on your balconies, saying it “could cause no harm.” The case in particular related to a marijuana plant that yielded approximately half an ounce of the weed.

I love going to Italy but I like living in the U.S.

About Margie Miklas

An award-winning author, Margie Miklas writes medical thrillers and travel memoirs about Italy, a place which has captured her passion for travel. She is also the creator and owner of the travel blog, Margie in Italy, and a contributing writer for an Italian-American newspaper. A retired critical-care nurse, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her three cats. Her favorite place is the beach, and she likes learning new computer skills, when she is not writing. A member of the Florida Writers Association, Margie makes her home in Florida.
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2 Responses to More on Italian Laws

  1. Debra Kolkka says:

    I think the law about babies’ names is a good one. I can think of a few celebrity baby names that should be outlawed.


  2. imarancher says:

    Debra is so right. I seem to remember Moon Doggy starting the trend back in the 60’s. Idiots. Change your own name to Celestial Green Tea if you like the name. Don’t burden the kids. Even if the song was cute (A Boy Named Sue).

    And to the pics; the LEO has a cute, ah, trailer. Just saying.


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