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These Are the Surprisingly Illegal Things You Should Never Do In Europe

Traveling to Europe is terribly exciting and terribly expensive. The last thing you want to pay for (on top of everything else) is a fine for breaking a law you didn’t know existed. So, if you’re going to Europe in the near future, it would benefit you to brush up on some local rules and regulations. Some of them may surprise you!

1. Saving spots at Italian beaches

Don’t even think about saving a spot. | iStock/Getty Images

In Italy, it’s illegal to save yourself a spot on the beach. If you claim a spot at the beach using things like towels, chairs, and umbrellas, apparently the Italian coastguards can issue fines up to $221. Italian beaches are crowded, so it’s not uncommon for tourists to leave out a towel or two overnight to reserve a spot next to the water for the following day. But with a fine like that, it’s best to just show up early and hope for the best.

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