This article, written by Lilit Marcus, appears on Condé Nast Traveler.
Italy’s Cinque Terre to Begin Limiting Tourists
The Italian villages join the growing list of destinations that are cutting back on visitors.
Italy’s picturesque Cinque Terre, a group of five villages along the Ligurian Sea, is one of the country’s most popular sites—but now it might be a victim of its own popularity. Italian officials have announced that they will be taking measures to protect the cliffside villages’ delicate environments by capping the number of people who are allowed to visit. The maximum number of travelers permitted to visit will now be 1.5 million per year—a number that may seem high, but is well below the 2.5 million who visited in 2015. Local politicians cited cruise ships, which drop off large numbers of people at once, as one of the biggest sources of tourists. Starting this summer, those 1.5 million visitors will have to buy tickets ahead of time, and an app will show the most congested areas in real time. Read more on Condé Nast Traveler.
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