Lonely Planet Writer

Tourist quota at Cinque Terra to stop overcrowding

The authorities that run the Cinque Terre national park in northwestern Italy have decided to introduce a ticketing system in an attempt to reduce the number of people visiting by around 40% – from 2.5 million last year to 1.5 million this year.

Cinque Terre, Italy.
Cinque Terre, Italy. Image by Daniel Stockman / CC BY-SA 2.0

The five picturesque seaside villages that make up the park have become a victim of their own popularity, with visitor numbers, particularly those arriving by cruise ship, booming in the past few years. As well as issuing tickets for the narrow walking trails that connect the villages, the authorities are planning an app that will use a traffic-light system to show which villages are most crowded at any time. They are also considering introducing a ticketing system for the entire region, which would mean that once the area was deemed to be ‘full’ no one else would be allowed in that day. Read more: telegraph.co.uk