Tourists told to cover up in the Vatican

The Vatican has imposed a crack-down on tourists’ clothing and imposed a dress-code . ‘Inappropriately dressed’ visitors to the Holy City have been told to cover up by Swiss Guards or face a ban.

Those entering St Peter’s Basilica have long been required to dress modestly. But recently, the dress code has been extended to St Peter’s Square, which marks the border between the city state and Rome.

From this point, shorts skirts and bare shoulders will not be permitted in the area. The guards pulled aside men in shorts and women with uncovered shoulders and short skirts to tell them that they were not dressed properly.

Some female visitors were obliged to buy shawls and scarves from nearby hawkers, while men had to wander off to the nearest shops to buy long trousers.

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