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"Prohibition of personal photos" in the Italian attraction in Portofino, fines up to 275 euros |  outside

“Prohibition of personal photos” in the Italian attraction in Portofino, fines up to 275 euros | outside

In the picturesque Italian seaside town of Portofino, people are no longer allowed to stand still or loiter in certain areas, according to new regulations. Critics say it’s a selfie ban, but Mayor Matteo Fiacava has denied it.

The village on the Italian Riviera, in the province of Genoa, attracts crowds of tourists every year. Under the new rules, anyone who lingers or lingers too long in certain “red zones” can be fined. There are fines of up to 275 euros.

This action sparked outrage, especially in Great Britain. The target areas are exactly the places with a good view of the famous and photogenic bay, which is why some are talking about banning selfies.

Mayor Villacava defended himself on Monday against allegations that the rules are meant to deter tourists. “Nobody here has banned selfies. It’s not that you have to believe everything the English write,” he told the Italian news agency ANSA. According to the mayor, gatherings are prohibited in certain areas for safety reasons.

The action will mainly target tourist tourists. Every day they come from the port of La Spezia for several hours to the famous sites of Cinque Terre and Portofino, causing crowds in the narrow streets.

According to media reports, another procedure is in the works. People in bathing suits or barefoot will also not be welcome in Portofino. “Portofino is a gem, and appropriate behavior is part of it,” Fiacava said.