Lonely Planet Writer

Mayor plans giant €150m statue for broke Italian town

Residents of the small town of Olgiastro Cilento in Campania in southern Italy are furious about the town mayor’s plans to erect a huge statue of Italian saint Padre Pio in the town.

A statue of Padre Pio.
A statue of Padre Pio. Image by Roberto Taddeo / CC BY 2.0

Mayor Michele Apolito claims that the 85-metre-tall statue, which would dwarf New York’s Statue of Liberty and Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statues (46 and 30 metres tall, respectively), would put the town on the map and attract thousands of religious tourists. But a recent Facebook poll revealed that the majority of the town’s residents object to the audacious plan, and believe what money the town has would be better spent on bringing the town’s neglected water mains and roads up to a decent standard. Read more: thelocal.it