Stop trekking in flip flops, Italy’s Cinque Terre begs tourists

Mar 08, 2019 275

BY: Clare Speak

If you’re planning a trip to Italy’s famous Cinque Terre region this year, we’ve got two pieces of advice: expect bigger crowds than ever, and choose your footwear wisely. Italian officials are threatening to fine holidaymakers up to 2,500 euros for walking along its scenic trails in flip flops, sandals or other unsuitable footwear this summer, as rescuers say they’re fed up of having to save inappropriately-dressed daytrippers stranded on the steep, narrow footpaths.

“The problem is that people come here thinking they are at the seaside, but the paths above the villages are like mountain trails,” Patrizio Scarpellini, the head of the Cinque Terre national park, told Italian media.

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