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Tourists are banned from walking Italy’s famous Cinque Terre coastline in flip-flops and could be fined up to £2,000 for breaking the law

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 05/03/2019 Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline

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Tourists are banned from walking Italy's famous Cinque Terre coastline in flip-flops and could be fined up to £2,000 if they break the law.

The decision has been made after mountain rescue units complained of hikers who get caught out with inappropriate footwear on the craggy terrain in Liguria.

Bosses at the picturesque national park will crack down on those who do not heed their advice with fines starting at £40 and rising to £2,000. 

a close up of a rock next to a body of water: The stunning coastline of Cinque Terre is a centuries old collection of villages along the Italian Riviera © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The stunning coastline of Cinque Terre is a centuries old collection of villages along the Italian Riviera

The sum used to penalise offenders will be defined by the trouble they have caused to rescue workers, The Telegraph reported.

'We are adopting a measure together with the forestry and the mayors', Patrizio Scarpellini, director of the Cinque Terre park told TGCOM24, 'it will be a gradual introduction, first with information and then with sanctions.'

The crackdown comes as the tourist season is set to come into full swing next month with thousands flocking to Cinque Terre.

a body of water with buildings in the background: La Spezia in Liguaria, part of Cinque Terre, at sunset during the summer - coastal paths around the town are as treacherous as they are gorgeous © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited La Spezia in Liguaria, part of Cinque Terre, at sunset during the summer - coastal paths around the town are as treacherous as they are gorgeous

Last year Club Alpino Italiano - a hiking club who volunteer on the mountain - said they had to rush to help a German family trapped on the craggy peaks with a pram.

The club's head Maurizio Cattani told TGCOM24, 'These are alpine paths, tourists cannot come in slippers and without water - we need caution.

Cruise ships bring tourists from across the world, as do trains which run round the stunning coastal path.

a body of water with a city in the background: Boats head out into the Mediterranean on a sunny afternoon on the Italian Riviera © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Boats head out into the Mediterranean on a sunny afternoon on the Italian Riviera

There has been debate in recent years over whether to close off certain paths as the footfall could be damaging the unique environment.

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