Journalists who were covering the ongoing Vatileaks trial noticed the truck as they were waiting near the courtroom, and watched as the driver covered up the images â€“ one of a woman in a bikini, the other of a woman wearing a see-through top â€“ using brown paper and tape.
It was not the first time images of women have been covered up in Rome to respect cultural sensitivities. The first visit to Rome by Iranâ€™s president, Hassan Rouhani, was nearly overshadowed by a decision to cover statues of nudes in Romeâ€™s Capitoline Museum, where Rouhani and the Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, made a press statement. The move to box in the statues with large white panels was heavily criticised.
In this case, the driver reportedly pulled the paper covers off his truck after making the delivery.