There are numerous reasons to visit the beautiful country of Italy – the beauty of Rome, the splender of Pisa, the wonder of Pompei, and of course, the fact that it’s legal to masturbate in public there.
Yes, everyone’s least favourite spectator sport, public masturbation, was made legal in Italy this week after the country’s supreme court ruled it wasn’t a crime, even if you deliberately seek out an audience.
La Corte di Cassazione, the highest court in Italy, came to the decision while ruling on the case of an elderly man who was caught masturbating on the University of Catania campus, The Independent reports.
The 69-year-old man, who’s only been identified as Pietro L, was convicted after he was spotted by students ‘taking out his penis’ and ‘practising autoeroticism’ (fancy lawyer speak for wanking).
Both the Prefect of Catania and the Court of Appeal believed that the man should be sentenced to three months in prison and fined €3,420, but judges at the Supreme Court weighed in.
They claim that a recent government reform meant ‘the act is not included in the law as a crime,’ as the Italian parliament passed a law last year which decriminalised the offence of lurking in places frequented by girls in order to be seen masturbating.
Pietro L will now be sent back to the Prefect of Catania to be sentenced again and the La Corte di Cassazione has ruled the man must be given a fine between €5,000 and €30,000 (roughly £4,000 to £25,000).