The Italian Almanac

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Vatican's Arch of Bells

Naked Bell Ringer

A naked, drunken Frenchman slipped into the Vatican Wednesday morning and managed to ring one of the bells next to St Peter's. Vatican police arrested the man after he climbed scaffolding to get into the Arch of the Bells building to the left of the basilica. The Arch of the Bells, currently being restored, is one of the Vatican State's three official entrances and is watched by Swiss Guards.

The man, who was said to be in a "confused" state, was handed over to Italian authorities who sent him for psychiatric tests. The unidentified man is believed to have been sleeping rough on Rome's streets.