A few years ago, seeing a drone pass through the village was a novelty. However, with their boom in popularity they have come to be seen as an annoyance (best case scenario) or a threat to public safety (worst case scenario) thanks to inexperienced and amateur pilots. Just in the past few months I’ve seen two drones crash into buildings in Riomaggiore (and I’m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg, especially considering that there are five villages).
Before you pack your drone and plan to use it in the Cinque Terre there’s a few things you should know. In order to *legally* fly your drone here, you’ll need written authorization from two different entities: The Cinque Terre National Park and ENAC (l’Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile). And given the bureaucratic nature of Italy, that’s no easy feat.
What laws are you breaking by flying your drone in the Cinque Terre without the necessary authorization? Articoli 1.231 e 1.216 del Codice della navigazione (pilotaggio e impiego di un sistema aeromobile a pilotaggio remoto sprovvisto di attestazione di pilota rilasciato dall’Enac sprovvisto di certificazione di inoffensività) e l’articolo 11 comma 3 lettera h della legge 394 del 1991 (sorvolo su area marina protetta senza la prevista autorizzazione del Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre).
So, you’ve decided to be a rebel and plan to use your drone anyway? Know that if you’re caught by local authorities (and FYI they’ve been cracking down as of late) your drone will be confiscated and charges will be pressed.
Is it worth the risk? That’s for you to decide. But don’t say that I didn’t warn you.