It’s now illegal to walk around shirtless or in a bathing suit in the Italian tourist town of Sorrento, thanks to a new decree from the mayor.
Sorrento Mayor Massimo Coppola announced on July 6, citing “quality of life” concerns, that poorly dressed residents and visitors in the city’s city center could face fines ranging from 25 to 500 euros (about $30 to $650 ) be occupied.
“No more with the indecent behavior,” Coppola wrote in a statement. “That’s why I signed the ordinance that forbids people to go around shirtless as well as in bathing suits.”
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Sorrento is a popular travel destination south of Naples on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, making it a hotspot for beachgoers and boaters. But Coppola can’t bear to see any more shirtless in his quaint town.
“This type of behavior can be seen as a cause of discomfort and uneasiness for both Sorrento residents and tourists,” he wrote.
“In this way we want to protect and improve the quality of living and life as well as the facilities in the city center and in public spaces,” Coppola continues.
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Sorrento is perched on dramatic cliffs on the Sorrento Peninsula that offer beautiful sea views. The city has a historic center with a network of winding streets that contributed to the area being declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.
The town of just over 16,000 has become so popular with visitors that local authorities have had to implement new driving rules to combat traffic on the peninsula, CNN reported.
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From June 15 cars with even number plates can use the roads between Vietri sul Mare and Positano on even dates and cars with odd number plates can drive around on odd dates.
The rules apply during particularly busy times between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.: in August on the weekends from June 15 to September 30 and at Easter from April 24 to May 2.
Sorrento has now joined the ranks of the island of Lipari and the famous city of Venice in banning swimsuits in the city.
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