Cinque Terre National Park is the smallest park in Italy and, at the same time, the most populated, with 5,000 residents divided into five villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare.
Here, the man, more than a thousand years, has “changed” the natural environment by cutting the steep slopes of the hillsides to get strips of land arable, the so-called Cian, supported by about seven thousand miles of dry-stone walls, the length of the Great Wall of China.
This is the Cinque Terre stretch, an atypical and entropic landscape: that is why it is the Man's Park, a territory classified in the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE. A park that offers environmental and cultural characteristics on protect and give value: coasts overlooking the sea with bays and beaches, thousands miles of dry-stone walls to mark the terraces for vine growing, the characteristic rustic cottages, the medieval villages, the sanctuaries, the panoramic paths on the sea and on the slopes. Add to that the high-grade products: Ligurian wines, fresh seafood, traditional cuisine and handicrafts, to capture the value of these places.
The Hotel Santa Maria in Chiavari is one of the best places to stay for your excursions to Cinque Terre.