Cinque Terra authorities plan to fine you for flimsy footwear

Italian authorities plan to fine you for wearing thongs or sandals.

Cinque Terra authorities plan to fine you for flimsy footwear

Authorities at an Italian tourist hotspot plan to fine tourists who wear thongs or sandals when visiting the area.

Cinque Terra is famous for the stunning National Parks and the coastal walks and mountain trails that link the five fishing villages along the Ligurian coastline.

Italy’s National Parks authority is tired of rescuing tourists who take on the trails in inadequate footwear.

“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.”

It is believed the fines will be between €50 and €2500 and will coincide with an awareness of the risks associated with the trails that link the five coastal villages.

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As of next month, Cinque Terre is expecting around 750,000 cruise ship passengers – around 300,000 more than last year.

Volunteers from the Club Alpino Italiano, who are required to help tourists when in trouble, are warning visitors to come prepared for the long, strenuous walks.

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

Read more at Travel Talk.

Have you visited Cinque Terra? Do you think the authority is within its rights to fine tourists for wearing inadequate footwear?



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    pedro the swift
    23rd Mar 2019
    Who cares, not going there anyway!
    23rd Mar 2019
    Agree Pedro.
    Never heard of the place, even after a couple of tours and cruises around Italy.

    And I'll make a point of not going there if they start that bs.

    I've always found that no matter what footwear I pack for traveling, the only thing that actually makes it on to my feet is my thongs. (Except for Morocco, at the settlements along the rivers, where there are just too many infectious nasties in the mud.)
    80 plus
    23rd Mar 2019
    perhaps we should insist Italian Tourists who are rescued by life guards and S.B.S at hot spots such as Bondi Beach, Blue Mountains or tropical Queensland be made to pay for the rescue, at least once a week the Cairns the rescue helicopter is called out to rescue visitors who go bush walking, swimming in flood swollen creeks or road crashes.
    23rd Mar 2019
    In the 70's I climbed Ayers rock, (OK Uluru) in a pair of thongs. That was a mistake I wouldn't want to repeat.
    23rd Mar 2019
    Climbed it in '97 with the kids, all in thongs.
    Can't recall any problems, except for my severe fear of heights.
    pedro the swift
    23rd Mar 2019
    Yeah well Casey , that was bit silly. I have trouble on my sloping drive with thongs. Just keep slipping on pebbles or wet grass. Anyway I have NEVER had thongs that lasted more than about three weeks before the strap comes off.But the they are cheap.
    23rd Mar 2019
    Pedro, Don't buy the cheap ones, get the ones with a fabric strap. Bit dearer but more comfortable and last a bloody sight longer than 3 weeks.
    23rd Mar 2019
    I'm pretty sure we didn't strike much wet grass around Ayers Rock.

    And try spending a bit more on some decent thongs, with arch support, cloth straps, and rubber about an inch thick at the heel. They last for years.

    23rd Mar 2019
    Sounds like good advice to me, pity some people haven't the brains to work this out for themselves
    23rd Mar 2019
    Why buy thongs anyway if you are going waklking? Buy proper walking shoes that will protect your feet, instead of stupid thongs. ( Portofino is one of the famous places on the Ligurian coastline,Hawkeye, wrong cruise ) but why must people use this useless footwear if you know where you're going and what you plan to do. I have never bought these and never will.

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