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Here is a sign of the times, taken from a press release from Marco Ferri at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and dated 3 March 2015:

Following recent press releases, at times incomplete, the Director of the Uffizi Gallery feels the need to underline the regulation regarding the prohibition of the selfie stick, a metal monopod used to take selfie photographs by positioning a Smartphone or camera beyond the normal range of the arm.  Such a regulation has been enforced since October 2014 and is clearly stated within the premises of the ticket office of the museum as well as at point 12 of the ‘Behaviour Rules’ available online at:

http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/allegati/musei/uffizi/Divieti_2-1.pdf

So while these ‘metal monopods’ will no doubt continue to be sold on the Ponte Vecchio and elsewhere in the city, you have been told: Michelangelo and selfies don’t mix.

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