In 1997, the seaside villages of Cinque Terre were labeled as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since it has become a heritage site, the amount of tourists has increased greatly and while in some cases this could be bad for the authenticity of the a city, but in this case, the communities have maintained their sense of diversity. Due to its status as a World Heritage Site, there is the convenient train system that can take tourists between each village. This train system is the main way to get into and out of the towns. The lack of cars and trucks helps in keeping with the authenticity of the towns.
"Cinque Terre" is a name that means "Five Lands" in English. The five lands are the villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Each village has their own culture and beaches. The coast line along the towns allows for diverse tourism activities. The high bluffs with mixed of rocks streaking through the sides give each beach a secluded feel. The coast has maintained it's ecological diversity to an extent as well. Snorkeling or scuba reveals to tourists the many fish and marine creatures that swim below the surface.
Cinque Terre is full of strong culture and diversity, and is a wonderful place to get a taste of the Italian culture and the individual culture of the villages.
"Cinque Terre Italy: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore." Cinque Terre. N.p., 2016. Web. 17 Oct. 2016.