A POPULAR Italian resort has banned bikinis – and you could be fined as much as £425.
The mayor of Sorrento in Italy said that wearing swimwear in public, as well as being topless, was part of 'widespread indecorous behaviour'.
Massimo Coppola believes that bare flesh on show in his town upsets the locals and has now introduced a hefty fine for anyone showing off their body this summer.
He said: "That behaviour is seen by the majority of people as contrary to decorum and to the decency that characterises civilised cohabitation.
“The continuation of this situation, as well as causing discomfort and unease in the resident population and among visitors, could lead to a negative judgment on the quality of life in our town, with consequences for its image and for tourism."
Should you have your skin on show in Sorrento, you could now be slapped with a £425 fine, as per the new rules, reported the Times.
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The strict measures seem to have gained some support from locals in the town.
Local journalist Max Tamanti described wearing swimwear in public as a "macabre procession".
Other holiday spots in Italy have imposed similar rules.
Praia a Mare in Calabria has banned inappropriate clothing, as well as walking barefoot.
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The town of Rapallo in Liguria has brought in street signs reminding visitors to dress appropriately.
Some places in Spain have introduced similar swimwear rules this summer.
In Barcelona, people can only wear bikinis on the beach, and holidaymakers caught wearing one in the town centre could face a fine of up to £260.
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Similarly, bikinis are limited to the beaches in Majorca, with fines of up to £500 for those caught flouting the rules.
And a number of beaches in Italy are charging tourists to sunbathe on the beaches.
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