Picturesque Italian villages are suffering from overtourism. Portofino is taking a stand.
Portofino, a small seaside town on the Italian Riviera, has become a tourist hotspot – and locals are starting to feel the strain.
With colourful buildings surrounding the water, the town’s picturesque quay is prime Instagram material.
In summer, it means an influx of visitors posing for selfies, blocking paths and roads.
To combat this, Portofino’s mayor has introduced no-waiting zones. Anyone caught hanging around on the quay for too long between 10:30am and 6pm risks a fine of €270.
The town has just over 400 residents, but draws lots of tourists, with numbers sometimes exceeding 10,000. This results in
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