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A FORMER prison in Italy is to be turned into a huge tourist attraction similar to Alcatraz in the US.

The €70m renovation will include a museum and tours of the prison as well as hostels and an on-site bar.

9A former prison in Italy is to become a tourist attractionCredit: Alamy

Located in Santo Stefano, the tiny island can only be accessed by scuba divers or fisherman, with no main dock for tourists, and is surrounded by rocks and shipwrecks from World War II.

It was formerly used to house prisoners especially during the 1930s and 1940s led by the Fascist government, and it's creepy past saw those who were taken there tortured, and the few who tried to escape drowned.

By the 1950s, it was transformed into a more regular prison with a movie theatre and football field built, as well as a bakery and even shops to let prisoners use a trade such as bricklayers and cooks.

Prisoners could even use their own currency to shop and were allowed to paint their rooms.

The prison eventually closed in 1965 and abandoned.

9The prison is located on the island of Santo StefanoCredit: Alamy

9The former prison closed back in 1965 and was abandonedCredit: Alamy

9In the 30s and 40s, many prisoners were tortured or drowned trying to escapeCredit: Alamy

9By the 50s, it was a much more regular prison and inmates could even paint their cellsCredit: Alamy

There are limited tours to the island right now, but involve a steep 40-minute hike and can only take place when the seas aren't rough.

However, it's remote location is likely to cause problems for tourists wanting to visit,

Silvia Costa, the Italian official overseeing the project, told CNN Travel: "There is no light, no running water. Access is tricky."

His plans include a "multimedia open-air museum" with a walking exhibtion of the prison.

The former jail director house and football field will be converted into accommodation with plans for 30 hostel rooms.

9The prison does currently offer tours, but include a 40 minute hikeCredit: Alamy

9The conversion hopes to include a museum and hostelCredit: Alamy

9There will even be a cocktail bar with views of Mount VesuviusCredit: Alamy

9A large performance event space could make use of the circular shapeCredit: Getty

Other plans include turning the horse-show shaped building into a performance and event space.

They also hope to open a cocktail bar by 2025, built where where the bakery used to be - with views of Mount Vesuvius.

Mr Costa said: "We want the island to draw visitors all year-round, not just during the crowded summer months.

"Tourism must be sustainable, but Santo Stefano will be more than that.

"It will be a hub for world academics uniting on key issues such as green policies, human rights, freedom of speech, European citizenship and Mediterranean dialogue."

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She had a (bar)tender reunion with her hero.

The Florida woman saved from a lecherous creep by a quick-thinking bartender who passed her a note disguised as a receipt reunited with her now-viral white knight — and gave him a big hug.

“Reunited w/ the legend himself #maxthebartender back @ the scene of the crime ????????????,” Trinity Allie wrote alongside a photo of her cuddling drink-slinger Max Gutierrez for an Instagram photo.

“So good to see you!” Gutierrez told her as he embraced her and lifted her up when she arrived for the get-together at the St. Petersburg bar he works at, “No Vacancy.”

Allie told WFLA — which filmed the reunion — that Gutierrez was her hero for the way he pretended to slip her a bar tab when she was unable to shake an unwanted creep.

Trinity Allie reunited with bartender Max Gutierrez, who helped save her from a [email protected]

Instead of a receipt, he passed a note saying, “If this guy is bothering you, put your ponytail on your other shoulder, and I will have him removed. He’s giving me the creeps.”

“No bartender has ever stepped in for me and that’s why I thought it was so great and everyone should hear about it,” Allie said of posting the image of Gutierrez and his note earlier this month.

“Everyone is like, we need more bartenders like this,” she said of her story going viral.

Max Gutierrez shows the note, disguised a receipt, that he passed to Trinity [email protected]

“You never know what could have happened … Say he didn’t step in and this guy followed me and my friend out when we left,” she said.

Gutierrez, meanwhile, said he was stunned at how his quick-thinking found him infamy across the world, with messages from Brazil, the Netherlands and the UK.

“I see all the ‘hero bartender’ [messages] — I’m not a hero,” Gutierrez insisted to WFLA. “I was just doing my job.”

Trinity Allie told the local news that Max Gutierrez was her hero amid their [email protected]

His boss, “No Vacancy” owner Stephen Schrutt, told the outlet that he hoped other bar staff will now “take a page out of Max’s book.”

“This is what it’s about — you’re not just selling food and drinks, you’re making sure people are safe,” he said.

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