Cinque Terre is located in northern Italy, west of La Spezia. Its name means Five Lands, because it comprises the five small coastal villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. The main attraction of the Cinque Terre is the landscape, which didn't suffer from massive expansion because of its history and position of local towns. The unique landscape was formed here with the stone walls located on a land, beautiful footpaths with breathtaking view, beaches between coves and crystal clear waters. Cinque Terre is a National Park and since 1997 is protected by UNESCO. It is possible to swim in the sea at each of the villages. Corniglia's small harbour is reached by a long staircase leading down to the sea, which is the quietest swimming spot of all five lands.