Parents take legal case so mummy's boy (41) will leave home
An exasperated Italian couple has resorted to legal help to kick their 41-year-old son out of the house, in the latest case to highlight the phenomenon of Italy's stay-at-home "bamboccioni" or mummy's boys.
The elderly couple's patience with their son has finally run out after what they say is years of cooking him meals and washing and ironing his clothes.
They say he has a perfectly good job and a steady income but has resisted all attempts to persuade him to fly the family nest.
The couple, who have not been named, have taken their case to the legal department of an association for the defence of consumers' rights in Mestre, near Venice.
Lawyers have given the son 10 days to find himself a flat or have the case referred to court, with the prospect of more forceful action to evict him.
"We can no longer go on like this," the father said, according to Andrea Campi, a lawyer from the consumers' association.
"My wife has developed stress-related problems and has been in hospital recently. He never wants to leave."
Young Italians are renowned for their reluctance to leave home, with a study released last year showing that 48pc of offspring between the ages of 18 and 39 still lived with their parents. (© Daily Telegraph, London)