British tourists have been warned they could be fined £425 for wearing a bikini in Sorrento, Italy
Holidaymakers are being warned they could face a hefty fine for wearing a bikini in a popular Italian tourist destination.
The city of Sorrento, which overlooks the Gulf of Naples, has enacted a swimwear ban.
If someone is caught breaking the rules they can be fined £425.
Here’s everything you need to know:
Why were bikinis banned?
The bikini ban was announced by Sorrento Mayor Massimo Coppola.
That mirror reports that the crackdown was due to scantily clad holidaymakers makes locals feel “uncomfortable and uneasy”.
He added that those who go around in a bikini or topless are “considered by the majority of people to be against the decorum and decorum that characterizes civilized coexistence.”
The mayor continues: “The persistence of this situation could lead to a negative assessment of the quality of life in our city, in addition to discomfort and uneasiness among the local population and visitors, with consequences for the image and tourism. ”
The rules also apply to men who go topless in Sorrento.
What are the penalties for breaking the rules?
Holidaymakers who flout the rules and continue to wear bikinis in Sorrento face a fine of up to €500 – around £425 this summer.
It’s a popular holiday destination and a particularly popular spot for Instagram snaps. So make sure you have the right attire when you fly into town this summer.
Is Sorrento the only place where bikinis are banned?
The Italian city isn’t the only summer hotspot to crack down on swimwear this year.
Sorrento isn’t the only place where tourists have been warned that bikinis are banned.
Strict rules have been introduced in Barcelona and Mallorca, according to which people can only wear bikinis on the beach and not in the surrounding areas.
If you break the rules you can be fined £260 in Barcelona and up to £500 in Mallorca.
As in Sorrento, the rules for topless men apply in Mallorca.
Are there any other crackdowns on clothing?
The Mirror also reports that guests at popular party venues in Mallorca are being warned that they will not be allowed in if they are wearing football shirts or glow-in-the-dark hats.
A group of restaurants at the resort have also launched a similar crackdown.
What about the alcohol rules?
The Baellerian Islands, which include popular spots like Magaluf and Ibiza, have introduced strict alcohol regulations.
There is a limit of six drinks per day for guests.
If you’re caught breaking these rules, you risk a fine this summer.
Pub crawls and party boats were also banned, and organizers face fines of up to 30,000 euros.
The email read: “Please note that the Balearic Islands government has issued a decree imposing a new restriction on all-inclusive meals.
“A maximum of six alcoholic drinks can be served per person per day, and these drinks are only offered at lunch and dinner (3 each).
“Please note that new All Inclusive restrictions are in place in Magalluf, El Arenal, Playa de Palma in Mallorca and Sant Antoni in Ibiza.”