Wednesday, June 1, 2011

MTV Meets Michelangelo

... and is told to go away.
FLORENCE, Italy—The cast of "Jersey Shore" relocated to this Tuscan citadel expecting to bask in their Italian heritage and soak up the country's legendary hospitality.

What they're getting is a very cold shoulder...

One of the town's chic eateries has posted a "No Grazie, Jersey Shore" sign outside its door, instructing cast members to stay away. The cultural superintendent has barred the entire cast from being filmed in the city's hallowed museums...

The clash of cultures is rooted in opposing views of what it means to be "Italian." Florence—the land of Michelangelo, Dante and Gucci—has always regarded itself as an emblem of Italian elegance and courtly etiquette...

The Jersey Shore brand of being Italian involves more braggadocio. Revealing clothing, occasional impromptu urination, public displays of drunkenness and casual romance are the hallmarks of the "Guido" and "Guidette,"
Allow me to recommend a sign to post all across Florence.

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