People sunbathe at Ostia beach, near Rome, Italy

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - 1:07pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: Reuters
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People sunbathe at Ostia beach, west of Rome, Italy, on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Italy's beaches are a family affair – and that's a problem for the euro zone's third-largest economy. Most of the beaches along Italy's 7,500 kilometres of sun-kissed coast have for decades been managed by small businesses operating concessions that are passed on from generation to generation. Though licences are state-owned, they rarely come up for public bids, allowing Italy's balneari – or beach managers – to keep a tight grip on amenities ranging from single-shack parasol rentals to up-market bars and restaurants. Image: Reuters/Max Rossi