The fine for unprepared tourists could reach € 2500. Rescue of visitors on trails in the region has cost the public coffers dearly.

Famous for its colorful houses built on the slopes and cliffs that follow the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean, the villages of Cinque Terre are among the most coveted destinations in the Italy. There are 5 villages (Manarola, Corniglia, Riomaggiore, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare) connected by roads and trails with different degrees of difficulty.

As it is a beach destination, many tourists who arrive at the place decide to wear more comfortable shoes, such as flip-flops and sandals, and end up forgetting about the risks that the mountainous region offers.

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Rescue teams in the city of Genoa (a municipality 80 km from the region) claim to receive more and more rescue requests due to accidents involving people carrying out trails without the proper equipment. In addition to occupying the time of rescuers, more critical situations often occur, where the support of a helicopter is needed, costing the coffers of the destination dearly.

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A recent case from last season involves a German family who were hiking on one of the slopes with a baby stroller. The same happened with an Italian tourist who decided to explore the region with his foot in a cast.

According to information from Cinque Terre National Park, as of this year, new rules will come into force for those who decide to visit the preservation area. In addition to signs along the paths to communicate the new policy, park officials and even local police will check visitors' shoes.

The reason for the decision is the high number of accidents recorded due to the use of inappropriate equipment and behaviors considered to be risky. The changes made to the park aim to prepare for the high tourist season, and the fines can cost from €50 to €2500, depending on the risk the visitor takes.

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