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Photo: Sami KeinänenSource: Mail Online

Italian tourist crackdown spreads across the country as Capri looks to copy Venice with crowd control measures to reduce numbers

The mayor of Capri has said he is planning to mimic Venice and ‘experiment’ with crowd control measures to stop tourists swamping his tiny Italian island.

Gianni De Martino said last year that Capri, a popular resort since the days of the Roman Republic, ‘could explode’ after warning that receiving millions of visitors a year ‘is a bit too much’.

His comments came after Venice – which struggles to accommodate 25 million tourists a year – introduced metal barriers last weekend to funnel tourists down less popular streets so locals could still go about their business.

‘We’re going to try out an experiment similar to the one in Venice,’ Capri’s mayor told Corriere Della Sera, according to Mail Online.

‘I understand the difficulties faced by my Venetian counterpart. We can’t stop tourists disembarking but we can do something.’