Former BEVERLY HILLS 90210 star Tori Spelling had a bizarre experience on her Italian honeymoon with new husband CHARLIE SHANIAN - she became a virgin.

Spelling and Shanian jetted off for a romantic trip to Lake Como after their 3 July (04) nuptials, and a dining experience turned out to be a much bigger event than they had anticipated.

The actress was eating trout and free-range fried chicken at LANACDA DELL'ISOLA COMACINA - one of Lake Como homeowner George Clooney's favourite restaurants - when she was selected to participate in a local custom said to ward off an ancient curse.

The restaurant's owner explains, "She was the vestal virgin," which required Spelling to drink a brandy, sugar and coffee concoction as part of an informal pageant detailing the area's history.

23/07/2004 09:02