Italy to fine tourists for occupying sunbeds

Published on : Friday, August 19, 2016

Italy's beachesItalian government has decided to impose fines on the tourists who take pleasure in occupying tanning spots on public beaches.

 

Tourists accomplish this task by placing a towel on the sunbed to mark their territories. Therefore, the local inhabitants, authorities and also other tourists find it frustrating to find the best tanning spots on the beach already occupied by umbrellas, deckchairs and towels.

 

The name of the campaign launched by the authorities of Italy is known as ‘Safe Sea’. The authorities are hopeful that this campaign would be beneficial for local residents who find it challenging to secure the best spots on the beach during the peak season.

 

The Italian authorities have told the media that tourists who make attempts  at reserving the best spots on sunbeds by leaving their towels since early morning would be likely to shell out fines amounting to about 200 euros.

 

The people who launched this campaign have said that this kind of behavior of certain tourists who reserve the best spots is unfair to the tourists who are eager to relax on the beach. The difference is that they are decent enough not to occupy spaces on the beach by such means.

 

The campaign is also directed against swindlers who are used to setting up deckchairs on the beaches that should have been free, and renting them to the tourists. This is because certain tourists have complained against this practice to the local authorities.

 

Last weekend, the police who had been patrolling in Livorno’s beaches have seized 30 umbrellas, 37 chairs and also swimsuits that had been utilized by tourists to reserve their favorite spots, according to a newspaper.

 

This newspaper mentioned that reserving the ideal spots on public beaches is actually an ‘ancient and ingrained habit’ that was observed in tourists who started travelling to Italy following the Second World War.

 

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