New Fines for Flip-Flops in Cinque Terre

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Cinque Terre is known not only for its beautiful coastal villages, but is also a world-class hiking destination. Trails crisscross its hillsides connecting each town, and are lined with hand-built terraced vineyards creating unbelievable views in all directions. If you’re planning to hike, however, you had better come prepared. The Cinque Terre National Park Authority is preparing to crack down on tourists who attempt to hike the trails without the proper footwear.

Each year millions of visitors crowd these small towns, with more and more requiring rescue from the hillside trails as a result of their own unpreparedness. As Patrizio Scarpellini, the head of the Cinque Terre National Park, tells The Telegraph, “The problem is that people come here thinking they are at the seaside, but the paths above the villages are like mountain trails.”

 The fines can run as high as a few thousand dollars, depending on assessed damages and effort required by rescue teams. An information campaign will be implemented first, with signs and flyers warning visitors to hike with appropriate footwear. After appropriate warning has been given, fines will be issued.

We’ve already written about the influx of tourists upon this once-secluded treasure. Italians have surely noticed the change in visitors too, with similar rules and regulations in other prime tourist locales such as Venice, Florence, and Rome. Your best bet to avoid any fines is to be kind and respectful wherever you go. This is someone’s home, their livelihood, and they are sharing it with you. That is a gift and privilege worth honoring.