The Italian Almanac


Italian News - August 4

The owner of a hotel in the Italian Alps is taking her neighbour to court because the bells worn by his cows allegedly drive away guests looking for peace and tranquillity. The woman, whose hotel is in the village of San Lorenzo near the Austrian border, is demanding compensation of 56,000 Euro from the 30-year-old farmer whose herd roams freely in nearby pastures.

The farmer has tried to placate the angry hotelier by offering to remove the noisy cowbells during the night so that tourists can sleep. But this did not satisfy the woman, who wants noise levels cut drastically at all times. An association of local farmers has leapt to the defence of the young dairy farmer, saying clanging cow bells are essential to ensure animals that stray from the herd can be found and brought back.

The first hearing in the court case was adjourned recently with the judge urging both sides to come to an friendly agreement.