FILE - Tourists take pictures of Saint Peter's Basilica from Pincio terrace in downtown Rome, Italy, Aug. 3, 2017.
FILE - Tourists take pictures of Saint Peter's Basilica from Pincio terrace in downtown Rome, Italy, Aug. 3, 2017.

ROME - Officials are calling for increased police patrols and new laws to punish perpetrators after a spate of rapes around Italy.
 
After two new cases emerged Tuesday, Rome mayor Virginia Raggi declared it has been "a black September for Italy."
 
In Rome, a German woman reported being raped, robbed and bound in the swank Villa Borghese park overnight.
 
And in Catania, police on Tuesday arrested a man who allegedly raped a doctor to whom he had gone for medical help.
 
The attacks followed a case in Florence where two American students said two carabinieri officers raped them after offering them a ride home from a disco in their patrol car. And in August, a Polish tourist was raped and her partner beaten during a beach attack in Rimini.