Italian hotspot bans bikinis – and you can get fined £425 for breaking the rules

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If you're heading to Sorrento for a holiday this summer, then you're going to want to pack a few extra cover-ups in your suitcase.

That's because the Italian hotspot has announced a new ban on bikinis – and those who break the rules could be risking fines of up to €500 (approximately £425).

The rules will also apply to tourists who walk around topless.

The good news is that you're not going to get fined if you're sitting poolside or hanging out at a beach club. Instead, the rules will apply when people are out and about on the streets of Sorrento, whether walking around the shops or heading to a restaurant.

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Sorrento's mayor Massimo Coppola has announced the latest crackdown, claiming that skimpily clad holidaymakers are making the locals feel 'discomfort and unease', reports the Times.

He added that those walking around in bikinis or topless were "seen by the majority of people as contrary to decorum and to the decency that characterises civilised cohabitation”.

It's not the only summer hotspot where swimwear has recently proven to be a controversial topic.

A number of Spanish holiday destinations have also made similar moves.

In Barcelona and Majorca, people can only wear bikinis on the beach, with fines up to £260 in Barcelona, and up to £500 in Majorca for those who flout the rules. This also applies to men walking around topless.

Majorca's most popular party resorts are also being warned they won't be allowed in if wearing football shirts or glow-in-the-dark hat, in a crackdown against "drunken tourism".

A group of restaurants in the resort have clubbed together to impose a new dress code which all tourists will have to follow or they will be refused access.

The clothing banned includes tank tops without straps, swimming trunks, swimsuits, any accessories purchased from street vendors, such as gold chains or glow-in-the-dark hats, and football strips.

The ban applies to 11 restaurants, all associated with the Palma Beach brand.

What do you think of Sorrento's new rules? Let us know in the comments below.


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