The villages of Cinque Terre now rely solely on tourism, but ironically, the only way to preserve them might be to cut the number of visitors by half.
Access to beautiful and rugged coastal area might be closed this summer once the visitors reaches 1.5 million in order to preserve the local culture!
Italy plans to reduce the number of tourists visiting the Cinque Terre, because the rugged coastal area risks being wrecked by coach parties and cruise ships.
About 2.5 million tourists poured into the picturesque park in north-west Italy’s Liguria region last year to visit the five small fishing villages.
Residents say day-trippers from cruise ships docking at nearby ports have overwhelmed their communities and the head of the Cinque Terre park said no more than 1.5 million visitors would be let in this year.