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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

How NOT To Get Into Trouble On Holiday In Italy

How NOT To Get Into problem On Holiday In Italy

Here are few of the rules and regulations you need to know:

Swimwear Only On The Beach

In Sorrento, locals are tired of visitors treating the entire town as an extension of the beach. Mayor Massimo Coppola has declared fines of up to €500 if you are found on the streets in your swimwear or bare-chested. A same ‘anti-bikini’ rule is in place in Rapallo on the Italian Riviera. In the Calabrian city of Praia a Mare, moreover, there is even a ban on walking barefoot. In Cinque Terre by the sea, you cannot hike the coastal paths in flip-flops or sandals - if you do, you danger being slapped with a fine of up to €2,500.

No Towels, Hire A Sun Lounger

On beautiful La Pelosa Beach (above) in Sardinia, the worry is connected to the loss of sand. Traveler access has been capped at 1,500 people a day, and a towel ban has been imposed due to sand gets caught up in towels. You will now have to rent a sun lounger, give an entry fee of  €3.50, and wear a yellow identification bracelet on the beach. 

A Cap On Cars In an Amalfi

To ignore the weekend traffic jams and congestion that are common on the Amalfi Coast, a system for number plate rotation has been put into place. The summertime limit on the route connecting Positano (above) to Vietri sul Mare permits cars with number plates ending in even numbers to run on also number days, and likewise for number plates ending in odd numbers. This regulation applies from 10 am to 6 pm on weekends until September end, and taxis and public buses are beatify.

Pay To Step On The Beach

Several beaches in Italy are now charging a small cover fee to save their dunes and vegetation, mainly  where overcrowding is usually the norm in summer. The charges change from €3.50 for La Pelosa to €1 for Cala Mariolu. 

City Rules 

You now have to pre-book and give an entry fee to visit Venice (and not feed the birds on Piazza San Marco), and you have to move along in a Rome, where the list of do-nots is long and varied. Among behaviors frowned upon and responsible to incur a fine: 

  • Sitting on the Spanish Steps, or dragging a pram or wheeled suitcase an up or down them 

  • Taking pictures inside the Sistine Chapel 

  • Eating at any of the city’s popular attractions 

  • Climbing into or also  standing too close to the Trevi Fountain  

  • Joining an arranged pub crawl 

  • Attaching a love lock to a bridge here or in a Venice 

  • ‘Kissing’ the spout of one of a public drinking fountains; cup your hands under the tap instead. 

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