Nudism & Co. - Real Gaga Laws from Italy

Weird, curious or totally gaga: Welcome to our special ranking of the gaga laws from Italy. Whether kissing, sandcastles or hunting season - there are some pretty balla-balla rules in Bella Italia.

  • Women first! In Catholic Palermo in Sicily, only women are allowed to lie completely naked on the beach. It is forbidden for men. P.S. Not surprisingly, the ladies usually waive their nudist privilege.
close up view of woman in swimsuit on beach
In Palermo, women can ditch the swimming costume - if they want to
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  • So much for excavator fever: In the small town of Eraclea (Veneto) it is forbidden to dig holes in the sand - sand castles are taboo anyway.
  • No groping! In Eboli (Campania), kissing too intimately in a car is punishable by a fine of 500 euros.
  • If you live in the countryside in Italy, the fence around your garden should be at least 1.80 metres high. If it is lower, hunters are allowed to stalk in your garden at any time during the hunting season (usually from October to December).

Rattling on Capri

  • No noise allowed! On the tourist island of Capri, it is forbidden to clatter while walking. Anyone caught with a wooden knocker has to pay 50 euros. That doesn't leave much for a 10-euro espresso.

Nudism in Italy: Laws and penalties - Attention, expensive...

beach side village
No clogs allowed on Capri
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  • 3000 Euro for sand theft and wrong towel use! A day on the beach at Stintino in Sicily can be really expensive. Because of the large crowds, only 1500 people per day are allowed on the extremely white and fine-grained beach from June to September. To avoid losing too much sand, a bast mat must be placed between the towel and the sand. Sand theft is punishable by fines of up to 3000 euros. 

Still legendary, but no longer in use: the fridge tax. You had to pay an annual tax of 15 euros per fridge. With a good 50 million fridges in the country, this was a good source of income...


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written by Annie Kayser, first pulished 13.11.21

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Sources: Merkur: "Other countries, other customs: bizarre laws abroad"; Sardinia intimate: strict regulations for bathers: entrance fee, towel ban and 3000 euro fine for sand theft at La Pelosa; Funnypage: "Senseless laws from Italy"; Blick: "These 15 crazy laws in Italy you should know".

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