Italian government is doing something for “survival,” as they call it.
Ask around, many jetsetters may tell you their favorite place to visit in Europe is Cinque Terre.
Italy’s alluring town has been welcoming a large number of tourists since 2011. The huge increase of travelers from 400,000 people in 2011 to 2.5 million during 2015 has forced the Italian government to do something for “survival,” as they call it.
Try to look for a 5-star luxury accommodation in Cinque Terre, good luck! The Italian Riviera is popular because of its preservation to protect five small fishing villages, adorned by charming alleys and ancient trails that have existed since the 14th century.
In order to protect the trending destination, local tourism bureau will enforce an online ticketing system that controls the number of tickets given out each day, which is relative to weather and trail conditions that change on a daily basis.
According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Vittorio Alessandro, the President of Cinque Terre Park said:
We installed a pedometer on the trails in order to calculate the maximum load. By the summer we will have all the data to establish the number of people that can access each path per day.
Cinque Terre’s “Five Lands” include: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Together, they make up the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town’s allure derives from the lack of corporate development. Even cars cannot reach the villages from the outside, only trains and boats are allowed.
Since Cinque Terre is expected to receive 1.5 million travelers this year, Italian officials are currently building an app to provide live traffic updates in the villages.
If you’re planning to visit Cinque Terre this summer like we are, booking ahead might be a very good idea. See you there!
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