A HOLIDAY hotspot is set to fine people who damage popular tourist attractions and historical monuments.

Over the last year, governments across Europe have introduced a number of new restrictions to crack down on unruly tourists

Many of the rules include fines for things like peeing in the sea and wearing bikinis, with small fines for those caught out.

However, the Italian government is set to introduce huge fines in a bid to help keep its tourist attractions and monuments safe.

According to the Independent, Italy plans to issue fines of up to€60,000 (£52,760) to individuals who damage cultural attractions.

The huge fines were approved at a cabinet meeting on April 11 in a bid to deter tourists, locals, and protesters from vandalising historical buildings and attractions.

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Gennaro Sangiuliano, the Italian culture minister, who championed the plans said: "The attacks on monuments and artistic sites produce economic damage to all.

"To clean it up, the intervention of highly specialised personnel and the use of very costly machines are needed.

"Whoever carries out these acts must assume also the financial responsibility."

The Italian government recently paid €40,000 (£38,690) to clean the façade of a Unesco World Heritage Site in Turin.

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It is hoped that the fines will deter tourists and protesters from causing any damage.

The legislation is expected to become law with vandalism fines starting at €10,000 (£8,793).

In recent years, the Italian government has fined a number of tourists who've acted inappropriately at popular attractions.

Just last year, two men from the Netherlands were fined after they illegally entered the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

According to local media, the two men were fined around €1000 (£844) for wading into the fountain.

Back in 2019, another woman was fined €250 (£225) for sunbathing in her bikini while in Venice.

One top Italian hotspot is set to fine tourists for lingering too long in some of its Instagrammable locations.

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