Cinque Terre is one of many UNESCO World Heritage sites in Italy. It is also one of the most popular destinations in Italy and anyone who has been there can tell you why: natural beauty, charm and spectacular views are just a few of the reasons.
Cinque Terre (or five lands) is a collection of 5 small, quaint towns nestled along cliffs overlooking the Ligurian sea, at the eastern edge of the Italian Riviera. From hiking to wine tasting, from pristine beaches to amazing food, there is something for everyone.
Normally the Cinque Terre welcome about 2.5 million visitors each year, but this massive traffic has taken its toll on the natural landscape. In order to help preserve the area and prevent further deterioration, the Italian government has announced that, as of this year, there will be a limit imposed on how many can visit the famed area and that number will be 1.5 million. That represents a huge loss of revenue, therefore making this decision even more praise-worthy! It is important to preserve Italy's natural heritage for generations to come and I, personally, applaud the effort.
So if you're planning a trip to the Cinque Terre - which I highly recommend, by the way - make sure you keep in mind the restrictions and get a head start on your bookings...and maybe have someone help you with the process!