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Cinque Terre

Rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera, Liguria / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Cinque Terre (Italian pronunciation: [ˈtʃiŋkwe ˈtɛrre]; Ligurian: Çinque Tære, meaning "Five Lands") is a coastal area within Liguria, in the northwest of Italy. It lies in the west of La Spezia Province, and comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Cinque Terre
UNESCO World Heritage Site
A view of the National Park of the Cinque Terre, showing Riomaggiore, one of the five coastal villages
LocationLiguria, Italy
Part ofPortovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)
CriteriaCultural: (ii)(iv)(v)
Inscription1997 (21st Session)
Area4,511.54 ha (17.4192 sq mi)
Coordinates44°7′10″N 9°43′00″E
Cinque Terre is located in Italy
Cinque Terre
Location of Cinque Terre in Italy

The Cinque Terre area is a popular tourist destination. Over the centuries, people have built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the Ligurian Sea. Paths, trains, and boats connect the villages as cars can only reach them with great difficulty from the outside via narrow and precarious mountain roads.