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May 12, 2023

Italy’s Portofino Introduces “No-Waiting Zones” to Combat Path & Road

The picturesque Italian village, Portofino, has decided to introduce “no-waiting zones” in an attempt to combat path as well as road blockings.

During the summertime, Portofino is visited by a large number of tourists, the majority of which choose to pose for selfies in different spots.

However, since this caused paths and roads to be blocked, the mayor of Portofino, Matteo Viacava, decided to take measures and introduce no-waiting zones, SchengenVisainfo.com reports.

In line with the newly introduced rules, anyone who is caught hanging around in the no-waiting zones and taking selfies or pictures for too long between 10:30 am and 6 pm risks being fined €270.

Commenting on the move, mayor Viacava said that “anarchic chaos” had been created by visitors stopping to take pictures and resulting in tremendous traffic jams as well blocked streets.

“The objective is not to make the place more exclusive but to allow everyone to enjoy our beauty,” the mayor stated.

Portofino itself has only just over 400 residents. However, due to its picturesque waterfront, it draws a large number of tourists, sometimes exceeding 10,000, Euronews explains.

Most tourists visiting the village cannot help but take several pictures in some more popular areas to post them on their social media accounts, leaving the village with overcrowded streets and traffic jams.

According to Euronews, the ban aims to prevent larger groups of visitors from gathering on the pier and the same noted that the ban will remain in place until the summer season ends on October 15.

The same source explains that Portofino is one of many towns in Italy battling with over-tourism. The coves, as well as cliffside towns down on the Amalfi coast, draw large numbers of visitors during the summer months.

In order to reduce traffic between Vietri sul Mare and Positano, the relevant authorities decided to introduce a number plate restriction system from June until September last year.

Cars whose plates ended in an odd number were allowed to access the road between the two destinations on odd-number days. On the other hand, those whose card plates ended with an even number have access to the road on even number days.

In addition to the above-mentioned, Venice also battles with a large number of tourists. During the peak season, the city receives up to 150,000 tourists per day.

In order to help Venice deal with the high number of visitors, the authorities plan to introduce an entry fee new year.

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