It was not until 1860 that censorship of the collection ended (at least until the Fascists took control) and erotic viewing became available to the general public. Control was maintained, however, for access was limited to only persons of “mature age and known morals.” Right off I wondered by who’s standards. How this was enforced would constitute a story in itself. It was not until April 2000, following the complete restoration of the exhibit, the locks finally removed, that the collection reopened to the public. Its secrets were finally out, ironically to a new generation of ‘voyeurs’ who instead of being outright shocked, today might only chuckle. While you must wait until you are 18 to visit Caffe Tarrisi, visitors under the age of 14 can tour this naughty museum exhibit when accompanied by an adult, though honestly, it being Italy and all, I never saw anyone checking!
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