Thong footwear fines introduced in Italy’s Cinque Terre

In person, the region's even more spectacular — these five picturesque fishing villages are a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a reason. But if you travel there this summer with only your flimsy sandals and rubber thongs in tow, you might have a bit of a shock. The Cinque Terre National Park authority is running a public information campaign warning tourists about climbing the cliffs without appropriate footwear. And if you choose to ignore the advice, you could face fines of between €50 ($80) and €2500 ($4000). It's all because mountain rescue teams are becoming increasingly exasperated with rescuing ill-prepared visitors on the mountainous walkways. They'll be posters and flyers advertising the fines — and warnings issued online when you purchase a Cinque Terre card, which allows you use of all the connecting park buses and trains and access to the trekking paths. Read more here >>>

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