The popular Italian town of Sorrento has an important new rule: don’t walk around in your bathing suit or shirtless. By Alison Fox
The town’s mayor, Massimo Coppola, announced an order last week banning people from walking around shirtless or in a swimsuit, and fining them if they do, according to a Facebook post. People who violate the new order will face a fine from 25 to 500 euros (INR 1,998 to INR 39,979).
More about the new rule in the Italian town of Sorrento
“No more indecent behaviour,” Coppola wrote in Italian on July 6. “Sorrento is increasingly recognised in the world as the capital of tourism and quality hospitality and these behaviours can constitute an element of discomfort and discomfort for both Sorrentines and tourists. In this way, we want to protect and improve the livability of the city, the quality of life and the decor within the centre and public spaces.”
Police will now patrol the area to enforce the new ban, news.com.au reported.
Sorrento, which sits along Italy’s famous Amalfi Coast, is known for its stunning cliffs and dramatic sea views, and endless road trip opportunities. And it attracts tourists in droves, especially during the peak summer season.
This isn’t the first time a dress code has been implemented in a popular tourist town. In Barcelona and Mallorca, for example, people can be fined for wearing swimwear outside a beach or pool area.
And in Italy, the town of Praia a Mare prohibits walking barefoot in town, while Rapallo bans dressing skimpy, according to news.com.au.
Beyond just Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast has gotten so popular it was forced to institute an alternative number plate system to control crowds, only allowing cars to drive between Vietri sul Mare and Positano every other day during peak hours in peak season, CNN reported.
The rules apply between 10 am and 6 pm during the month of August, as well as on weekends from June 15 to September 30, during Holy Week around Easter, and from April 24 to May 2.
(Main and Feature Image Credit: Andrea Savorani Neri/Getty Images)
This story first appeared on www.travelandleisure.com
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