Tourists face charge to sunbathe on popular Italian beaches

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The island of Sardinia has introduced fees to protect the sites from the impact of tourists

Some beaches on the island of Sardinia now charge a daily access fee after new rules were introduced.

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Some beaches on the island of Sardinia now charge a daily access fee (Photo: Getty Images)

Which beaches are affected?

The beaches of Cala Coticcio and Cala Brigantine in the La Maddalena archipelago now charge tourists €3 per person for daily access.

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The Maddalena archipelago consists of seven main islands and several islets in the Strait of Bonifacio between Corsica in France and Sardinia in Italy.

It’s a designated national park and only accessible with a guide, which costs €25 for five hours.

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Only 60 people are allowed on each beach per day and slots must be booked in advance by phone a local guide. Anyone caught visiting the archipelago without a guide can be prosecuted.

The new rules were introduced as local authorities look for ways to protect the sites from the impact of tourists.

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Visitor numbers have been a problem for Sardinia and its beautiful coastline in recent years.

Thousands of tourists arrive every day during the high season to visit Spiaggia Rosa beach for its unique pink sand, but visitors are now only allowed to see the beach from a boat after people stole it as a souvenir.

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Other beaches on the island have also implemented measures to minimize the tourist impact, with Cala Sisine limiting visitor numbers to just 1,600 and Santa Maria Navarrese only allowing 1,300.

Visitor numbers are even lower in Cala Mariolu, which only admits 550 people per day, each with an entrance fee of €1.

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Limited access for tourists on the Amalfi Coast

The region, which is a stretch of coast on the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrento Peninsula, has enacted new rules aimed at discouraging tourists from visiting each day due to the heavy traffic that plagues its narrow streets.

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The new rules, introduced on June 15, mean certain tourists will be banned from accessing the famous 22-mile route between Vietri sul Mare and Positano based on their car registration number.

The alternative system works by allowing only cars with license plates ending in an odd number to use the road on odd dates during peak traffic times in the high season.

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Cars with license plates ending in an even number can only pass on even-numbered days.

The rules apply accordingly for the whole of August between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and on the weekends from June 15 to September 30 CNN Travel.

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Residents of the 13 cities along the coast are exempt from the rules, as are public buses, taxis and NCC cars for hire with a driver. But standard rental cars are included in the ban.

Anas, the agency that manages the roads, has also completely banned vehicles longer than 10.36 meters. Caravans and vehicles with trailers are only allowed to use the road between 00:00 and 06:30.

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Anyone attempting to visit on the wrong day will not be admitted and could be fined by local police.

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