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Dolce Vita: 15 crazy laws that could ruin your holiday in Italy in 2023


Highlights: Italy regularly occupies one of the top places in the ranking of the most popular holiday destinations for Germans. In addition to beach, sun and spaghetti carbonara, the country also offers all sorts of crazy laws. In Turin, dog owners must take their pet for a walk three times a day. Talking to prostitutes on the street is a punishable offence in Sanremo in Liguria. In Capri, it is forbidden to wear wooden clogs and to make noise with your shoes.

Bella Italia: Who doesn't immediately think of ice cream, pizza and sun? You should definitely observe these 15 laws. Otherwise it's Arrivederci, Dolce Vita!

Munich – Italy regularly occupies one of the top places in the ranking of the most popular holiday destinations for Germans. In addition to beach, sun and spaghetti carbonara, the country also offers all sorts of crazy laws. Here is a selection:

15th to 11th place: animal welfare, environmental protection and smoking ban on the beach in Italy

15th place: When it comes to the dog walking law in Turin, opinions certainly differ. It stipulates that dog owners take their pet for a walk three times a day. For example, Article 19 of the city regulations, which legally prescribes movement and interaction with conspecifics for Bello: "Whoever keeps a dog must offer him the opportunity to move every day [...]" The text of the law goes on to say: "At least three runs a day are recommended." Is this crazy or worth supporting? Everyone can form their own opinion about this.

14th place: In Venice photos they should not be missing: the pigeons. However, a law now officially prohibits feeding the birds in St. Mark's Square. Anyone who disregards it risks a fine of 450 euros, as can be read on the city's homepage. Verona Pooth is likely to welcome a ban on feeding pigeons. By the way, feeding seagulls is punishable by the same fine. On the other hand, someone who prefers to swim in the canals instead of gliding across the water in a gondola risks only 350 euros.

Italy is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Germans. © Guenter Nowack/IMAGO

13th place: Also, anyone who likes to collect shells and stones on the beach or take small samples of the sand home as a souvenir is liable to prosecution in Italy. It is prohibited by law and is punishable by a fine of 1549 to almost 10,000 euros, as can be read on the Italy page of the Foreign Office. These four German tourists should have read it before they went through customs.

12th place: Smokers in Italy should pay close attention to where they light a cigarette. Because wherever there are beaches, you have to reckon with an absolute ban on smoking. If you do not observe the ban, you have to pay up to 2000 euros.

11th place: Many drivers do it: Just let one arm hang out of the window while driving. Casual, airy - and punishable in Italy. Because hands belong on the steering wheel. Both. If you don't have them there, you risk a fine of between 41 and 168 euros.

10th to 6th place: silence, snack ban and no massages in Italy

10th place: On the celebrity island of Capri, it is forbidden to wear wooden clogs. If you still make noise with your shoes, you have to pay 50 euros.


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9th place: Anyone who wants to go to the nearest beach in Lerici on the southern Ligurian Riviera in swimming trunks is liable to prosecution, as the Foreign Office writes. Likewise, it is forbidden to hang wet towels on the balcony.

8th place: In Sanremo in Liguria, talking to prostitutes on the street is a punishable offence.

7th place: Would you like a relaxing massage? Better not on the beaches of Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany. It is forbidden there. It is not only masseurs and masseuses who are liable to prosecution. The massaged person must also expect a fine of up to 100 euros.

6th place: Italy is generally regarded as the land of ice cream enjoyment. But Rimini has now banned the consumption of gelato, pizza and panini under the arcades of Piazza Cavour. Rome also follows this example and prohibits snacking on the street. Also forbidden: reaching into the water of the Trevi Fountain, as the Foreign Office writes. By the way, the most expensive ice cream in the world does not come from Italy.

Place 5 to 1: Building sandcastles and kisses? Crazy laws in Italy prohibit it

5th place: What do chewing gum, a Wegbier and a bath towel in the sand have in common? That's right, they're all banned. On the beach of Stintino in Sardinia. Those who do not comply with the ban risk fines of between 25 and 500 euros.

4th place: Resting in the shade? In the Milan area, sitting at monuments is strictly forbidden. If, for example, one seeks shelter from the scorching sun on the steps of the cathedral, this "crime" is punished with a fine of 160 euros.

3rd place: In Milan, it is forbidden to climb trees. So if you or your children feel the desire to look at the fashion city from the crown of a tree: suppress it. If you do it anyway, you can expect a fine of up to 40 euros.

2nd place: In Eraclea near Venice, you should think carefully about possible activities before a day at the beach: a whole range of them are forbidden, including: building sandcastles, playing ball games and digging holes in the sand, as la voce di bolzano writes.

1st place: You have to kiss red lips - but not in a car in Eboli, in the province of Salerno. This is reported by the magazine Il giornale di salerno. If you do, you risk a fine of 500 euros.

Source: merkur

All news articles on 2023-05-30

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