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mysterious white ladies of Florence

Florence, Italy, near the Cathedral. The area is full of tourists and those wanting a piece of the action. There were beggars and street performers, but I just could not figure out what the heck this was about. There were numerous identical women working the crowds (they hold baskets for donations). Not sure if they are selling kisses or what -- after I took her photo, I gave her a small donation and she kissed me on the cheek, then wiped some of her white facepaint on there. I didn't know if that was supposed to be a signal to the others that I'd already been hit up or if I was an easy target or what. Does anyone know the background on this?

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Taken on April 16, 2009