A Muslim tourist wearing a niqab – a traditional garment worn by women in public, which leaves only their eyes on show – was stopped from entering an Italian museum by police on Wednesday.

The Saudi Arabian tourist, who is holidaying with her husband in Italy's north-eastern region of Veneto, was stopped by security guards as she tried to enter Padua's Musei Eremitani complex, Corriere del Veneto reported.

As the woman tried to enter the museum, security staff asked her to remove the veil covering her face so that she could be identified before going inside.

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