Published on : Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Cinque Terre, the spectacular coastline in Italy can’t cope up with oppressive tourism and has decided to take steps that would limit pressure on this village of Liguria in Italy’s northwest, which is described as a “pastel hued perfection” in the tourist guidebooks of Italy.
Being a UN world heritage area the place receives huge number of tourists from the coach parties and cruise ships which have included the Italian coastline in its Itinerary. In 2014, 470,000 cruise ship passengers visited the villages, a figure that is expected to rise to 645,000 this year.
The celebrated Via dell’Amore, or Path of Love, is most popular. The authorities is taking various measures to reduce the pressure of visitors from a unsustainable 2,5 million to a manageable 1.5 million.
The head of the Cinque Terre National Park feel it is necessary to reduce the numbers which is contrary to the trend elsewhere as the growing number of tourists in this region is causing harm to this natural landscape.
The park authorities are planning to introduce a ticketing system this summer. In the summer months many tourists scuffle on the narrow streets and alleyway of Manarola, Vernazza, Corniglia, Riomaggiore and Monterosso, taking pictures and making it difficult for the locals to move around.
Some of the trails between the villages – including the popular eight-mile Sentiero Azzurro or Blue Path are so narrow that people have to walk in single file.
There are plans of bringing up an app that would communicate directly to the visitors on the level on saturation in the village just like traffic lights.
There would be dedicated trains for visitors hoping to visit Cinque Terre. Those without bookings will not be allowed to board the train. Booking numbers will be limited.
The situation seems to be much like Venice where many Venetians are fleeing from their own place in fear of day trippers. They would rather stay in the mainland than be lost among the oppressive crowd of tourists.
By the beginning of this summer it will be decided as to how many people will be allowed to visit each path every day. Visitors will have to postpone their visit if the tickets are all sold out.