Tuscan city bans fast food, sex shops, and non-Italian shop signs

Pistoia, a charming Tuscan city, has banned new fast-food restaurants and sex shops from opening in the historic centre. In addition, they have ordered that all store signs must be written only using the Latin alphabet.

Tough new rules

Earlier this year these tough new rules were set out by the city council and these rules apply to the entire historic centre of the medieval city.
Neon cannot be used in any new shop signs or window decals. Signage must all be composed of the Latin alphabet’s own characters, except for texts translated for communication with tourists. In addition to signage, the aesthetic impact of new businesses in the historical sense will be considered and new businesses will have to submit...

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