"Lido Pedocin" is situated in the city of Trieste, in the north-east of Italy. Since the year of its construction, in 1890, this beach is split in two parts by a wall who separates women from men. I've been asking to the customers on both sides why they chose to spend time in such a strange place. I quickly realized that what I considered as a restriction, actually meant more freedom to them.
Ladies basically like to go at Pedocin because they feel at ease among other females, they have no problem in getting naked and they are not stressed if they don't have a perfect body. Men can relax without being forced to talk all the time.
Anyone gets tanned on his side, then ready to meet again at the exit and go home together.

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"La Lanterna" beach resort, ladies side. This beach was built in 1890 and it's also called "Pedocin" (small lice in Trieste dialect, probably due to the cheap price of the ticket entry. "Lice" in italian is synonym of "tight person". Other people think th
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Pedocin beach as seen from the water. A thin line separate men and ladies' water
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Ladies' side
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Pedocin, ladies's side. Many women come here to do topless without being bothered
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Gianna and Dolly. Gianna says: "This place is incredibile, we have to thank Maria Therese (the only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions and the last of the House of Habsburg). I wish that austrian still ruled Trieste. We would pay less taxes and we'd
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Ladies' side on a cloudy day
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Anna getting ready to go back home
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Anna
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Lorenzo and Francesca, the lifeguards. "During the summer on sunny days on ladies side, there's no place to put your towel. It's too much crowded. They are so noisy, always gossip about something. A writer have made a book out of the silly funny talks she
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Laura shows one of her tattoos. "My son give it to me as a gift for my 66th birthday". That means "freedom" to me
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Laura
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Manuela: I proudly show my body, I don't care about my imperfections. I come here just because I used to come with my family and I know everybody here. Can you take me more pictures please?
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Women wave men at the "border"
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Ladies and Gentelmen meeting at the wall to have a conversation
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Luigia. I like this place pretty much, I come here since I am young and I will come here forever. It's cheap, next to the city and it's like a sort of club where everybody knows each other so you know to be safe even if you come alone.
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ops ! the ball went on the wrong side
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Rosa, 69 yo. I come here since two years. I am already 69 but I try to stay healthy and I take care of my body. Now that I am retired I go to the gym everyday. I like to come here because, comparing to other beaches, you have the chance to stay alone if y
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Elisa, 26. I come here because sometimes I have no time to get the perfect wax or I don't want to worry about my outfit or I am so white ! I get tanned a little bit and the next time I go with my friends at the regular beach. I am not obsessed by the fact
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Larita. "I am the multiethnic one here. Larita is a south american name, but I am born in Egypt from a Checkoslovac father and a Greek mother. My father used to work for the english army and we all moved here in the late 50s because my grandmother lived h
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Pedocin. A view of the men side through a window.
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A man sunbathing at Pedocin.
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Pedocin, men side.
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Claudio. "I come here since ever. This year I had my birthday cake here as well. I like to come because it's a good habit to spedì the time outside and take a break swimming instead of going at the bar. My wife also use to come here. Now she is sick and s
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Claudio and his friends.
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Cloackroom.
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Edi, Luciana and Paola. They gather here together, Edi is from Turin, but every time she comes in Trieste to visit the other two they go at Pedocin. It's a safe place for a woman alone, you can bring your grandchildren as well. they can chose the side unt
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Sandra. I come here to play cards with my friends diva, Anna and Rosanna. We play Burraco. It's a tradition for us, on Ferragosto (catholic celebration on the 15th of August) we all come here and have lunch together. We have no husband and we like to stay
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Pedocin, before leaving.