In a major victory for Italian environmentalists, a huge hotel built 30 years ago on a rocky cliff overlooking the Mediterranean is being demolished. Parliament passed a special law to raze the Fuenti hotel, which has never been opened to visitors and has been dubbed Italy’s worst “eco-monster” by a leading conservation group. Hundreds of similar illegal buildings have been constructed around the country, but the Fuenti was the most notorious and its destruction gives enviros a high-profile victory. Opponents say the building simply should have been scaled back and surrounded by vegetation. “Let’s say you have a daughter and she is really ugly,” said Dante Mazzitelli, the owner whose father built the hotel. “OK, maybe you get her a nose job, a chin implant. But you don’t kill her.”

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