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€600 fine for tourist’s beach cigarette stub

Smokers might want to be extra cautious next time they visit Sardinia's pristine coastline, after a Danish tourist was fined €600 for putting out her cigarette on one of the island's beaches.

€600 fine for tourist's beach cigarette stub
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The Danish woman was caught in the act by a local policeman as she stubbed out the cigarette on a beach in Alghero, north-western Sardinia. 

The tourist reportedly protested, saying she would throw the cigarette away later, however she later admitted the crime and apologized, Rai News reported.

During the month of August Alghero’s authorities have increased their checks on the town’s beaches with others also facing penalties for littering. 

Cigarette butts are considered the worst pollutants as they take around 200 years to decompose, according to Rai News.

Earlier this week another Danish tourist hit headlines in Italy after a man reportedly spent 29,226 kroner (€3,920) on a taxi to Rome from Odense, Denmark, taking a 1,803km journey across Europe to visit a particular church in the Italian capital. 

Meanwhile tourists continue to get into all sorts of scrapes with Italian authorities for misbehaviour.

In Sicily, authorities have started slamming tourists with a €500 fine if they try to steal rocks from the island’s famous Stair of the Turks after a series of thefts of the bright white rocks.

Sicily is not the only place in Italy to fall victim to light-fingered tourists. Earlier this year a Canadian visitor to Rome’s Colosseum was caught with a piece of the ancient site stuffed in her backpack.

Tourists have also been caught defacing ancient monuments – including the Colosseum and Florence’s Ponte Vecchio – and breaking statues.

SEE ALSO: Ten stupid things tourists have done in Italy

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New York returns millions worth of stolen art to Italy

Prosecutors in New York on Tuesday returned dozens of antiquities stolen from Italy and valued at around $19 million, some of which were found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

New York returns millions worth of stolen art to Italy

“These 58 pieces represent thousands of years of rich history, yet traffickers throughout Italy utilized looters to steal these items and to line their own pockets,” said Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, noting that it was the third such repatriation in nine months.

“For far too long, they have sat in museums, homes, and galleries that had no rightful claim to their ownership,” he said at a ceremony attended by Italian diplomats and law enforcement officials.

The stolen items had been sold to Michael Steinhardt, one of the world’s leading collectors of ancient art, the DA’s office said, adding that he had been slapped with a “first-of-its-kind lifetime ban on acquiring antiquities.”

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Among the recovered treasures, which in some cases were sold to “unwitting collectors and museums,” were a marble head of the Greek goddess Athena from 200 B.C.E. and a drinking cup dating back to 470 B.C.E, officials said.

The pieces were stolen at the behest of four men who “all led highly lucrative criminal enterprises – often in competition with one another – where they would use local looters to raid archaeological sites throughout Italy, many of which were insufficiently guarded,” the DA’s office said.

One of them, Pasquale Camera, was “a regional crime boss who organized thefts from museums and churches as early as the 1960s. He then began purchasing stolen artifacts from local looters and sold them to antiquities dealers,” it added.

It said that this year alone, the DA’s office has “returned nearly 300 antiquities valued at over $66 million to 12 countries.”

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