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Italian hotspot to fine tourists for wearing thongs

Region expects big spike in visitor numbers

If you plan to take on Italy’s famous Cinque Terre coastal walks, you’d better go prepared – and leave your flip-flops behind. 



Italy’s National Park authority intends to fine anyone wearing thongs or sandals this summer after becoming fed up with having to rescue unprepared visitors. 


According to the UK Telegraph, the fines – which are to vary between €50 and €2500 – will coincide with a public campaign to raise awareness of the risks associated with the trails that link the five former fishing villages along the coastline in Liguria. 


“The problem is that people come here thinking they are at the seaside, but the paths above the villages are like mountain trails,” said Patrizio Scarpellini, the head of the Cinque Terre national park.


“First we will introduce the information campaign, then we’ll start issuing fines.”


With the start of the tourist season next month, Cinque Terre is expecting around 750,000 cruise ship passengers this year, compared to 450,000 in 2018.


Others will arrive by train or bus. When travellers face trouble on the hikes, volunteers from the Club Alpino Italiano are required to help them.


“The paths are like Alpine trails. Tourists should not be tackling them in flip-flops and without adequate water,” said the club’s Maurizio Cattani.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 11 March 2019

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