The Italian Almanac

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Italian News - April 26

Nearly every small town in Italy boasts some sort of art treasure, but a porn director is trying to capitalize on other local 'attractions' with a series of sex flicks starring residents of small towns.

Porn veteran Lucky Damiano's new series entitled 'The Depraved Penisola' is a natural for word-of-mouth buzz in the towns where the films are set. In Italy, where regional differences are strongly felt, the film series has also hit upon a new sort of 'campanilismo,' that is the tendency to think that the local campanile, or church bell tower, has no rivals.

From Tuscany to Sicily, Lazio, Umbria and Lombardy Damiano takes a sex tour of minor towns through titles like "Poggibonsi in Heat" and "Hard Legnano." Advance press in local papers is guaranteed and sales of the videos, which cost around 25 euro in newsstands, are undoubtedly boosted by curiosity to see what the neighbors, disguised only by black Zorro masks, are really up to.

Damiano isn't the first one to get the idea of using Bel Paese locales for hardcore films. A church in Abruzzo was reconsecrated in September 2003 after it was discovered it had been used as the set for a porn film called "The Confessional."