Flip-flop fines introduced in Italy's Cinque Terre
In person, the region’s even more spectacular — these five picturesque fishing villages are a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a reason.
And if you choose to ignore the advice, you could face fines of between €50 ($56) and €2,500 ($2,826).
It’s all because mountain rescue teams are becoming increasingly exasperated with rescuing ill-prepared visitors on the mountainous walkways.
Cinque Terre is a series of colorful fishing villages on the Italian Riviera.
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They’ll be posters and flyers advertizing the fines — and warnings issued online when you purchase a Cinque Terre card, which allows you use of all the connecting park buses and trains and access to the trekking paths.
Currently, the English-language version of the park’s website advises hikers to only go on trails which suit their skills — and to bring sun cream, a hat, hiking boots, food and other supplies.
Scarpellini says the Comandi Regione Carabinieri Forestale — a law inforcement group — will work together with those who monitor the trails, to inform visitors of the ban.
“The fines will be high,” he adds.
The flip-flop ban is one of a series of moves to accommodate the thousands of visitors who disembark in Cinque Terre in summer.
Hiking in flip-flops is a no-go in Italy’s Cinque Terre.
A lot of these visitors are day-trippers coming from cruise liners.