ANSA - Vatican - August 29 - Police are turning a blind eye
to a 'souk' selling designer counterfeit apparel which has
sprung up outside The Vatican in the last few days.
Where once sellers would approach tourists individually on
the streets around St Peters, a vast illegal market filled with
copies of famous brands such as Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and
RayBan has returned to the capital.
According to ANSA, Guardia Finanza officers have made
ineffectual raids on the bazaar, allowing the largely non EU
immigrant vendors to escape and later return.
The souk, which is filled with bags, scarves, wallets,
sunglasses and much more, is clogging the Via della
Conciliazione, in front of the Vatican, a street already worn
down by a constant stream of illegally parked tourist buses.