Why a Town in Italy Prohibited Bikinis (And Other Surprising Laws In Italy)
Italy's laws might astound you. Italy allows abortions, albeit it can be challenging to obtain one.

Why a Town in Italy Prohibited Bikinis (And Other Surprising Laws In Italy)

Italy's laws might astound you. Italy allows abortions, albeit it can be challenging to obtain one. Anyone above the age of 18 may own a gun in Italy as long as they meet certain requirements. But would you like to wear a bikini on your upcoming trip to Italy? It can be against the law in Italy, depending on where you're going.

 

It turns out that the mayor of Sorrento, a posh tourist town next to the Amalfi Coast, is not a fan of skin. Massimo Coppola, the mayor of the town, has implemented a new dress code that prohibits visitors from moving through town's key districts in a bikini or baring their chest. The maximum fine for violators is €500 ($509).

The cause? According to Coppola, the villagers are uncomfortable and uneasy about the short clothing because they think it is "contrary to decorum and to the dignity that characterises civilised coexistence." The town's quality of life was being negatively impacted by these measures, "with ramifications for its image and for tourism," he worried.

It's not just Sorrento in Italy where this kind of swimsuit is prohibited. Bikinis, thongs, and other swimwear are prohibited from being worn in the town centre on the island of Lipari. In Venice, it's against the law to wear a bikini while sightseeing, so it's not only the fashion an world travel police who will hassle you about it.

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