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06.19.13

Baring Bikinis Banned

Italian tourist town restricts swimwear to beach only.

Want to wear a bikini off the beach? Too bad. The southern Italian coastal town of Vietri Sul Mare got fed up with residents and tourists wandering around in skimpy beachwear, so the local government took matters into its own hands. A restriction on bikinis and bare chests was introduced in 2010, but the law was reaffirmed by Vietri Sul Mare’s mayor, and now includes a fine of £500 (about $670). This is not the first time beachwear has been banned in the tourist-heavy region. Another town banned “skimpy clothes” in 2010.