Tourists have to pay to sunbathe on popular Italian beaches

The island of Sardinia has introduced fees to protect sites from the impact of tourists

Some beaches on the island of Sardinia now require a daily access right after the introduction of new rules.

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Some beaches on the island of Sardinia now require a daily access fee (Photo: Getty Images)

Which beaches are affected?

The beaches of Cala Coticcio and Cala Brigantine in the La Maddalena archipelago now charge tourists €3 per person for access each day.

The Maddalena Archipelago consists of seven main islands and several small islets in the Strait of Bonifacio between Corsica in France and Sardinia in Italy.

It is a designated national park and can only be accessed with a guide, which costs €25 for five hours.

Only 60 people are allowed on each beach per day and slots must be reserved in advance by contacting a local guide. Anyone caught visiting the archipelago without a guide could be prosecuted.

The new rules have been introduced as local authorities seek ways to protect sites from the impact of tourists.

The number of visitors has created problems for Sardinia and its beautiful coastline in recent years.

Thousands of tourists flock to Spiaggia Rosa beach every day during high season due to its unique pink sand, but visitors are now only allowed to view the beach from a boat after people robbed it in memory.

Other beaches on the island have also introduced measures to minimize the impact of tourists, with Cala Sisine limiting the number of visitors to just 1,600 and Santa Maria Navarrese only allowing 1,300.

Visitor numbers are even lower at Cala Mariolu, where only 550 people are allowed to enter per day, each paying a €1 access fee.

Limited tourist access on the Amalfi Coast

The region, which is a coastal strip along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, has imposed new rules aimed at preventing tourists from visiting each day due to the high volume of traffic plaguing its narrow roads.

The new rules, introduced on June 15, mean that some tourists will be barred from entering the famous 22-mile stretch between Vietri sul Mare and Positano based on their license plate.

The alternative system will work by only allowing cars with number plates ending in an odd number to use the road on odd dates during peak season peak times.

Cars with license plates ending in an even number can only be visited on even days.

The rules apply between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. throughout August, as well as weekends from June 15 through September 30, according to CNN Travel.

Residents of the 13 towns along the coast are exempt from the rules, as well as public buses, taxis and NCC cars, which are hired with a driver. But standard rental cars are included in the ban.

Anas, the authority that manages the roads, has also completely banned vehicles over 10.36 meters in length. Caravans and vehicles with trailers will only be able to use the road between midnight and 6:30 a.m.

Anyone who tries to visit on the wrong day will not be allowed entry and may be fined by local police.

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