Last Update: 12 July 2022, 23:54 IST
After Spanish cities Barcelona and Majorca fined them for wearing bikinis or going topless, Italy’s Sorrento also imposed stricter rules and hefty fines for tourists. The picture-perfect cliff top town is a tourist attraction in Italy.
Sorrento is a popular coastal city in southwest Italy. It faces the Bay of Naples on the Sorrentine Peninsula, and offers a dramatic view of the coastline. It is quite common to find people “under-dressed” at the beach.
The city’s mayor believes that banning skin shows will improve the quality of life in this popular tourist destination. Citing “inconvenience and discomfort” as the reason, Mayor Massimo Coppola has introduced a new dress code that prohibits tourists from wearing bikinis or walking topless, regardless of their gender.
Taking to social media, Coppola wrote, “No more with pornography. So I signed the ordinance that prohibits people from walking around in swimsuits with bare chests. ,
“This type of behavior can be considered a cause of restlessness and discomfort for both Sorrento residents and tourists,” he said. Their concern was that biking and going topless affected the quality of life of residents “with its image and consequences for tourism”.
The police have been authorized to collect fine from the violators. According to the report of the Italian magazine, tourists who violate the bikini ban rules can be fined up to 500 euros (about Rs 40,000). Sign boards warning tourists about the new rules have been put up at several places in the city.