In recent years, the Italian authorities have introduced a host of new rules in response to the problems associated with excess tourism. From hanging out on the famous and crowded Spanish Steps in Rome to visiting Venice for a day without booking or paying an entrance fee, there are certain everyday activities that tourists face punitive measures in the form of hefty fines and bans from entry. Lonely Planet reminded me of them.
In relation to some guests of the country, a zero tolerance approach was introduced. For example, the incident before the pandemic, when two German tourists were fined $1,058 (about 64,000 rubles) and ordered to leave the city immediately. The reason for the punishment was that travelers were found preparing coffee on a portable stove under the Rialto Bridge. Officials have confirmed that this was the 40th time in two months that tourists have been ordered to leave the city for breaking the rules.
“Venice must be respected, and ill-mannered people who think they can come here and do what they want must understand that thanks to the local police they will be caught, punished and kicked out,” Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said at the time.
Literally in In July, the mayor of Sorrento warned of new punitive measures that would apply to tourists walking the streets of the city in bathing suits, bikinis or even with bare breasts. “No more indecent behavior,” the official said and announced the amount of fines – from $ 26 to $ 511 (1,600-31,000 rubles).
However, even the most well-intentioned tourist can make mistakes from time to time, because he may not have full information. Let's conduct an educational program on the topic “What should not be done during a trip to the main tourist places in Italy.
So, what is forbidden to do near the historical sights of Italy:
- Take pictures inside the Sistine Chapels of the Vatican
- Sit on the Spanish Steps in Rome
- Sit and stay up in front of shops, historical monuments and bridges
- Carry strollers, scooters or wheeled suitcases up the Spanish Steps in Rome.
- Eat or drink at famous places in any city.
- Eat on the streets of the historic center of Florence – Via de Neri, Piazzale degli Uffizi, Piazza del Grano and Via della Ninna from 12:00 to 15:00 in the afternoon and from 18:00 to 22:00 in the evening daily.
- Feed the birds in Piazza San Marco in Venice.
- Bathe or dip body parts in the Trevi Fountain. Violation carries a heavy fine. Italian authorities recently fined a foreign tourist €500 for dipping their feet in a body of water (details here).
- Standing too close to the Trevi Fountain: Rome's city authorities are considering installing protective barriers around a historic monument.< /li>
Why tourists can be punished in Italian cities?
- Visit Venice for a period of one day without pre-booking and paying an entrance fee. The law will take effect from January 2023.
- Dive, swim or bathe in the canals of Venice.
- Flying a drone in an urban area without a license or permit.
- Having picnics in public places in Venice or standing on city bridges for too long.
- Join organized pub crawls in Rome. They are prohibited.
- Jumping into or otherwise damaging or climbing fountains.
- Jumping on public transport in Rome.
- Riding bicycles in the center Venice.
- Consume alcohol outside between 8:00 pm and 8:00 am in Venice
- Hang padlocks on railings on bridges in Rome and Venice
- Participate in group celebrations such as bachelorette parties and outdoor stag parties on weekdays in Venice. They are only allowed outdoors during the day or on weekends.
- Do not touch the spouts of Rome's public drinking fountains, known as nasoni, with your mouth. Instead, put your hands under the spout of the faucet and place your finger under the stream of water to direct it into your mouth.
- Consume alcohol in glass containers on the streets, on public transport and in open green areas in Rome after 10:00 pm. Or drink alcohol from any container after midnight in the same places.
- Dress like a historical figure or character, such as a “centurion”, i.e. a Roman gladiator in Rome, and pose for photographs with tourists.< /li>
What is forbidden to do in Italian resorts and islands?
- Walk around without a shirt or in swimsuits in any metropolis. This dress code is strictly limited to the beach.
- The problem is especially relevant for the party Sorrento, where tourists can be fined up to 30 thousand rubles for violating it.
- While walking along the national Cinque Terre, Italy, to wear sandals or slippers.
- Walk around in inappropriate clothes and walk the streets of Praia a Mare barefoot.
- Swim in the Blue Grotto on the island of Capri. The ban does not apply to long walks. So, in pre-Covid 2019, supermodel Heidi Klum was fined 6,000 euros (more than 360 thousand rubles) for swimming in a grotto.
- Take sand from the beaches of Sardinia or any other beach. Tourists can face up to six years in prison.
- Visit beaches without money. Some charge to cover expenses, while most charge for the use of umbrellas and sun loungers.
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