Italy has always been one of the most popular summer holiday destinations for Germans. The Italian government is once again expecting a veritable rush to the popular holiday resorts this year: According to current forecasts, more than 60 million visitors from abroad are expected.
In view of the veritable tourism boom, the first Italian cities have already drawn up new rules for tourists, as the Italian daily "La Repubblica" reports. The aim of the stricter laws is therefore to prevent the regions from collapsing, especially in the busy summer months.
Holidaymakers must therefore expect, among other things, that access to the beach will be regulated. In recent years, Italian beaches have repeatedly been subject to devastating littering and crowding, which is to be avoided this year. In Sardinia, for example, there should be a visitor limit of 1500 people a day.
The popular sandy beach of La Pelosa also costs admission in summer (3.50 euros for adults). In addition, collecting shells and using shower gel and shampoo is prohibited there. Access to the bays of Cala dei Gabbiani and Cala Biriala costs the same fee. Visitors must book their spot up to 72 hours in advance via an app.
Another measure that is spreading throughout Italy are driving bans and traffic restrictions. The popular region around the Amalfi Coast, for example, is temporarily closed to vehicles on the 40-kilometer section between Vietri sul Mare and Positano during the summer season.
When the journey is free depends on the number plate of the vehicle. If you have an even last digit, you are not allowed to drive through the village on days with an even number, license plates with an odd digit are not allowed on odd days. In addition, the route remains closed on all weekends from mid-June to mid-September.
In South Tyrol, too, people are arming themselves against mass tourism. Travel to the Pragser Wildsee in South Tyrol is also only possible with public transport in summer, the same applies to the access to the popular Alpe di Siusi in the Dolomites. In addition, a bed limit was set. Nowadays, if you want to open a new accommodation, you have to wait until another one closes.
Sources: South Tyrol, La Repubblica