UK tourists could be slapped with £242 fine for taking selfies in Italy hotspot
Brits face a massive fine at a popular Italian hotspot for taking selfies due to a new rule. Portofino on the Italian Riviera is one of the most beautiful areas to take pictures for tourists.
It attracts hundreds of thousands of people a year thanks to it pastel-coloured houses, high-end boutiques and seafood restaurants.
But now the local government has introduced no-waiting zones to stop tourists from ‘lingering’ for too long in popular beauty spots.
If you are caught with your phone turned face-wards in certain spots you could be fined up to 275 euros (£242).
Mayor of Portofino, Matteo Viacava, said selfie takers had been causing “anarchic chaos”, including massive traffic jams and blocked streets. The rule was introduced over the Easter weekend and will remain in place until the holiday season ends in October.
If you are desperate to snap a photo of yourself in the forbidden zones, the ban lifts at 6pm each day. Portofino is not the only place where taking selfies is banned.
The railway network across Japan has forbidden the use of selfie sticks for fear that people will touch overhead wiring and electrocute themselves, From Japan reports.
In the UK photographing yourself in parts of the Tower of London is banned due to security reasons connected to the Crown Jewels.
Inside the Jewel House taking photos or videos with these royal gems is strictly forbidden as it’s seen as a security risk.
In Spain selfies are banned during the annual Running of the Bulls event held in Pamplona. The rule is designed to stop people getting themselves gored by the bulls and can see people fined €3000 (£2,640).
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