Tourists who took sand and shells from Sardinia’s beaches were punished.
Hundreds of tourists would be forced to pay a high price for souvenirs from Sardinia’s beautiful beaches.
According to Italian media, customs officers on the Mediterranean island have given fines of up to 3,000 euros (£2,575) to 41 people who attempted to leave Sardinia with sand, seashells, and beach rocks in recent days.
Tourists have put beach booty up for sale on the internet in certain cases, according to the LaPresse news agency, feeding a thriving, illegal market for such trinkets, which includes resort locations around the Italian island’s Emerald Coast.
Sandbags, shells, and stones were collected at Sardinia’s airports and ports, in accordance with a regional rule passed in 2017 that imposed fines ranging from 500 euros to 3,000 euros.
Authorities returned the collected sand to the beaches as soon as possible.
The law is intended to prevent the cumulative effect of tourists removing sand and shells on the Mediterranean island, which is known for its vast expanses of beautiful sandy beaches.