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Amalfi coast mayor wants rid of garden gnomes

'They spoil natural environment,' he says

14 May, 15:35
Amalfi coast mayor wants rid of garden gnomes (ANSA) - Naples, May 14 - A mayor on the Amalfi coast wants to get rid of garden gnomes in his pretty clifftop village.

"They cause an alteration of the natural environment," Raffaele Ferraioli, mayor of Furore, told a local daily.

But some lovers of their statues of Snow White and her companions have vowed to resist the mayor's wishes.

"I'm against it. The next thing you know they'll have us asking permission to plant a flower," a villager told Corriere del Mezzogiorno.

Sources on the Furore council, however, said a 'No gnome' ordnance had already been lined up.

"They could be on their way out any minute," they said.

It is not known how many gnomes are in the village, which has a population of 810.

Furore, which gets its name from the waves crashing below it, is a little-known gem midway between Amalfi and Positano.

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