Jersey Shore receiving “cold shoulder” in Italy even before Snooki crashed van, faked injury

Jersey Shore has been in Italy since mid-May, filming the fourth season of the MTV show. Their stay will be short–they leave later this month–and their temporary home of Florence, Italy, hasn’t been giving them a warm welcome. Snooki, The Situation, and company aren’t even allowed to be filmed drinking in bars, clubs, or public places.

The Wall Street Journal has a detailed report about the reception the cast is getting, which it describes as “a very cold shoulder.” One restaurant even has a sign in the window saying, “No Grazie, Jersey Shore.” Giuliano da Empoli, the Florence mayor’s culture deputy, said, “I certainly didn’t invite them to come, and I’m not especially honored by their being here.”

Florence’s mayor, Matteo Renzi, who’s 36, said, “If you want to try to make Florence seem like a party town, you better know it isn’t so.” He has banned the cast from drinking in public or being filmed in clubs and bars. The code he issued says, “The cast will not be filmed in bars and clubs that serve alcohol. The cast will not be filmed drinking in public.” The city also rejected the show’s request to film in its famous art museums, such as the Accademia and Uffizi and the Accademia, home of Michelangelo’s David.

On Monday, Snooki crashed the cast’s van into a police car escort, and two cops were “slightly injured,” according to the AP. Her international driver’s license has been suspended and she was fined €80.

She handled it with class, wearing a neck brace in public but later taking it off and laughing. An MTV rep told People, “She was joking. She sustained no injuries as a result of the traffic incident.” I’m sure the injured police officers think that’s hilarious.

But some people in Florence are excited about the cast’s presence: Americans. A college student from Albany, Mattea Cumoletti, told the paper he took a day off so he could go “Jersey Shore hunting.”

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