A Tuscan Statue Park Presents The Honorable And Dishonorable

Brilliance | Dec. 13, 2017

A trip through Italy's Tuscan countryside includes rolling hills of sunflowers, romantic vineyard tours, and a park filled with marble statues of the honorable and dishonorable. Huh? You read that correctly. And there's about to be a new statue in this little mountain town: U.S. President Donald J. Trump.

It's For History To Decide

The Park of Honor and Dishonor is a popular tourist attraction in Tuscany's Vagli di Sotto. The town's mayor aims to bring even more attention to the park by spending €80,000 on a marble statue of Donald Trump. He'll be joining the likes of a French police dog that was killed in a 2015 terrorist attack, the captain responsible for the 2012 Costa Concordia cruise ship catastrophe, and even the late, great David Bowie.

The park is broken up into two sides: one for the honorables, and another for the dishonorables. So where will Trump sit? According to Vagli di Sotto's mayor Mario Puglia, Trump's statue will be erected in the middle. Puglia explains this decision to Il Fatto Quotidiano: "It's for history to decide whether Trump merits honor or dishonor."

Tiny Town, Big Attractions

With a population of only 1,000 people, Vagli di Sotto had 250,000 tourists visit last year. Puglia hopes the introduction of Trump will boost that number even further. When can you visit Trump in his marble state? As of February 2017, the project was well underway with the help of Italian and American private donors. But if you're not into strange statue parks, the mountain town is also famous for having a submerged village in its lake. According to Travel + Leisure, Fabbriche di Careggine was flooded in the 1940s "to make way for a hydroelectric dam." Each summer, the drowned town becomes visible. Now that's pretty awesome.

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