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The five stunning cliffside towns (literally the “five lands”) of the Cinque Terre region—Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso—are among the biggest draws in Italy. Tourists come to eat, relax and hike the footpaths that link the towns in huge numbers every year (for good reason, as seen above). But starting April 1, hiking Cinque Terre in flip-flops could earn you a huge fine. Authorities are essentially tired of having to rescue walkers that don’t take the terrain seriously. The list of prohibited shoes includes “flip-flops, sandals and pumps,” writes Lonely Planet, which continues below:

“The ban will come into play on 1 April. Fines start at €50 ($56) and can rise to €2500 ($2824), depending on how much of an ‘inconvenience and expense they inflict on the authorities.’ Mountain rescue teams, who are made up of volunteers from the Italian Alpine Club, will first launch an awareness campaign to ensure visitors arrive better prepared. Flyers and posters will be distributed and visitors will receive a warning when they purchase a Cinque Terre card (which provides access to park buses and paths) online.”

Pack your walking shoes!

Related: 5 Survival Tips for Driving (and Not Getting Your Car Stolen) in Italy



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Wearing the Wrong Shoes in Cinque Terre Will Get You Fined Starting April 1
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