Culture / History of Italy / Tourism

The last sex-segregated beach in Italy

In Trieste, near the border between Italy and Slovenia, there is a public beach in which the rules of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire still apply. Men and women sunbath separately, the privacy of each sex protected by a high wall.

The place is called Lanterna (“the Lamp”), but the locals call it “Pedocin” (“small lice”).

Muslim and Jewish bathers are reported to enjoy this particular beach.

Trieste belonged to Austria-Hungary (formerly Austria) from the Late Middle Ages to 1918.


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