The tiny island of Capri on the Amalfi Coast is so beautiful but also has some weird laws. Capri is a must-see destination and I was fortunate enough to be able to visit there for the first time last spring. I will be returning again this May by way of a ferry boat from Sorrento.
Capri has long been known as a resort for the rich and famous and is home to some of the most expensive real estate in Italy. The homes and buildings are gleaming white and the streets are very clean, drawing millions of tourists from all over every year.
I found it interesting reading of a few local statutes put into place in the past year or two by Mayor Ciro Lembo and Municipal Police Chief Marica Avellino.
Apparently the mayor, in an effort to maintain the pristine streets and sidewalks in Capri, initiated DNA testing of doggy doo and a fine of 2000 euros for owners not cleaning up after their pets. In a town of 7000 residents and 1000 dogs the mayor felt compelled to do something about this problem.
It is already a law for all dogs in Capri to have blood tests to screen for various canine diseases. Can you imagine the cost involved to do DNA testing on all this doggy doo?
This is not the only law that seems weird on this resort island in Italy. A year ago the police chief announced a ban on noise pollution during the summer months so as not to interfere with tourists enjoying a relaxing stay on Capri.
Between April and October there is a ban on the use of noise-making machinery like lawnmowers, cement mixers, power drills and mini-tractors used to transport supplies up the steep hills on the island. The fine can be as steep as 500 euros.
And just recently this same mayor announced intentions to erect floating pontoon type commercial signs near the famous Blue Grotto as a way of cashing in on the tourist attraction. This has obviously been met with protest from many factions in Capri.
In addition it has apparently been a law for many years that visitors to the island cannot wear clogs since they make too much noise. Try enforcing that one.
Interestingly it has been reported in the Italian news just two weeks ago that Mayor Lembo along with Police Chief Marica Avellino have been indicted on charges related to abuse of office. Imagine that.