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Sales of fake 'designer' goods flourishes outside St. Peter's Square

August 29, 2012

Police in Rome have allowed dozens of unlicensed merchants to sell counterfeit goods on the streets outside St. Peter’s Square, the ANSA news service reports.

Undeterred by occasional police raids, merchants are selling “knock-offs” of designer clothing and accessories, copying the labels of famous brands like Gucci and Prada. ANSA reports that the business generated by this illegal commerce is cause traffic snarls on the Via della Conciliazone, which leads from St. Peter’s Square to the Tiber River. That street, the Italian news service reports, is “already worn down by a constant stream of illegally parked tourist buses.”


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  • Posted by: Gil125 - Aug. 29, 2012 5:57 PM ET USA

    I am shocked, shocked that all the goods offered on the Via della Conciliazone are not genuine.