Wearing flip flops to be fined in Italy’s Cinque Terre from April 1
By She Jingwei

Be careful! Beginning with April 1, 2019, visiting the seaside 120km trails in Italy's Cinque Terre in your flip flops or sandals would get fined, varying from 50 euros (378 yuan) to 2,500 euros (18,933 yuan), depending on how bad the situation is.

Regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cinque Terre has long inspired wanderlust among travelers and is also one of the ideal sites to take stunning photos, with five colorful fishing villages connected by rolling and hiking trails.  

Cinque Terre in Italy. /VCG Photo

Cinque Terre in Italy. /VCG Photo

Usually, when hiking from one village to another, most visitors who wear flip flops or sandals could venture into some serious rugged terrain. As a result, many travelers end up injured or calling for help from local rescue teams. This new ban is intended to help visitor's hike safely, and also alleviate pressure on local authorities.

Night view of Cinque Terre. /VCG Photo

Night view of Cinque Terre. /VCG Photo

According to CNN, this picturesque spot is bracing itself for an onslaught for 750,000 cruise ship passengers this year, compared to 450,000 last year.

Following the Venice tax case last month, this ban is one of a series of measures to accommodate numbers of visitors who pay a visit to Cinque Terre during the peak season in April. 

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