Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Cinque Terre is an uncontaminated corner on the Ligurian Riviera, the result of the relentless but mindful human intervention. Farming occurs on the dry-stone terraces of the National Park, where a monorail is used for transportation.
Located in the province of La Spezia, on the verge of the Riviera di Levante, the eastern part of the Ligurian Riviera, the Cinque Terre, literally “Five Lands”, comprise the five municipalities of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. The Cinque Terre are the meeting point of the seaside and the hillside, whose arduous landscape has been strenuously dominated by the man over the centuries. The peculiar conformation of the soil makes the products farmed here also unique. The dry-stones terraces date as far back as the 11th century. In 1997 the Cinque Terre were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. They were deemed a marine reserve in 1997 and a national park in 1999.