This Southern Italian Town Is Fining Topless Tourists

The Italian town of Sorrento has introduced fines for people walking around in inappropriate attire.

Massimo Coppola, the mayor of the coastal town, announced he was bringing in fines for scantily dressed people who were affecting “quality of life.”

In a Facebook post, the mayor declared fines ranging from 25 to 500 euros for people underdressed.

“Enough indecent behavior,” Coppola wrote. “For this reason I signed the ordinance that prohibits people from walking around with a bare chest as well as in swimming suits.”

Overlooking the majestic Bay of Naples, Sorrento is a popular place for sea lovers. But the mayor is cracking down on those who wander around town still in beach attire.

“This behavior can become a cause for unease and discomfort for both Sorrento residents and tourists,” he wrote.

“In this way, we want to protect and improve the city’s liveability, quality of life and the decorum inside the city center and public spaces,” Coppola added.

Sorrento lies on the Sorrentine Peninsula, just a few kilometers from the stunning Amalfi Coast.

The area is extremely popular with tourists, so much so that traffic limits have been introduced along the coastal road that passes through towns like Positano and Amalfi.

Car access has been limited along the dramatic winding route, a favorite for road trips. From June 15, a system of alternative numberplates has been brought in meaning the renowned stretch of road can only be accessed every other day in peak season.

Vehicles with plates ending in an odd number can drive along the road on odd-numbered dates, while even-numbered plates can access the road on even-numbered dates.

The restrictions are in force between 10am and 6pm during the month of August as well as at weekends from June 15 to September 30.

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