Saving a spot at the beach might fetch you a fine in Italy

Published on : Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Italy beach finalItalian coastguards have decided to impose hefty fines who hog the beach at night with towels, deckchairs and umbrellas for a perfect spot.


They’ve been swooping on beaches from Tuscany to Sardinia and threatening perpetrators with fines of 200 euros ($220).


The forces behind operation Safe Sea say the use of deckchairs and umbrellas by tourists who want to stake optimal spots is widespread and unfair to others who follow the rules.


In Roseta Capo Spulico, in Italy’s deep south, 200 umbrellas and beach chairs were seized after complaints from tourists.


According to media reports, coastguard seized 37 deck and beach chairs, 30 umbrellas, towels and even some bathing suits. The city of Cecina, in Tuscany, has made it a crime to leave any unattended equipment on the beach before 8:30am, when it is opened to swimmers.


Tourists have started complaining about a new case that has started in the beaches of Italy. Locals are now setting up chairs and umbrellas on public beaches that ought to be free of charge and renting them to tourists.


It is not the first time that Italian authorities have imposed fines. A few years ago, coastguard officials at a resort in Liguria fined six tourists about €1,000 after they unrolled 10 towels before 6am to reserve spaces on the beach.



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