Have you visited Italy’s Cinque Terre recently? Did you find the area to be overrun with tourists? Apparently, many in Italy and specifically the Cinque Terre feel that way.
As the UK newspaper The Guardian reports: “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, which are connected by narrow cliffside trails.
“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.
“Roads leading to the area are being fitted with devices to gauge the number of people heading to the villages and once a certain number has been reached, access will be closed.
“Tickets will be sold ahead of time online and an app created for tourists to show which of the villages are most congested.
“Accessed by steep, winding roads, the Cinque Terre, with their brightly coloured houses, used to be a remote backwater. However, tourist numbers have risen sharply in recent years partly as a result of cruise companies adding more Italian destinations to their itineraries as other Mediterranean ports, such as Tunisia, lost their appeal following militant attacks.”
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