As in the two previous years, a limit of 400 places was set. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Italian Liguria, located in the Gulf of Silence, which is under UNESCO protection from Saturday to the end of August. With a limited number of places, the local authorities decided to deal with the problem of crowding, which affects many towns in this region.
On the first day of this season’s restrictions, all seats were taken on Portobello beach in Sestri Levante in the morning, according to local media. Every day from 8 am to 5 pm, the limit of attendance will be scrupulously observed. There is also a side entrance for those who just want to take a bath in the sea and will not stay on the beach afterwards.
The situation is often critical
The decision of the municipal authorities is a reaction to the growing problem of overcrowding the biggest tourist attractions of Liguria, whose coast is one of the most visited every summer. The mayors of towns in the Cinque Terre region have long been calling for regulating the influx of tourists or even reducing their number. It is a strip of picturesque towns of Manarola, Vernazza and Monterosso on the Riviera. Officials of the local administration argue that the tourist siege threatens the fragility of the area and the situation is often critical, so special regulations are needed to regulate the influx of tourists before it gets out of control. There have been proposals to introduce guest limits for a long time.
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