It was once a handful of fishers’ villages. They are one of the best known and the most loved tourist destinations in Italy. They were acknowledged by the Unesco Heritage in 1997 because of the beauty of their landscape, their perfect mix of nature and characteristic constructions and their unique lifestyle that has always been the same. The lands have been touched without changing their original beauty and their uniqueness. It is an amazing protected area, it has been part of the protected Marine Area since 1998 and the National Park of Cinque Terre was also founded in 1999. This area includes the villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso and a district of Levanto and La Spezia. A rugged coastline area where the coloured houses of the villages and the little harbours are interspersed with the vineyards and the terraces that overlook the sea.