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RIOMAGGIORE - CINQUE TERRE
It’s a village located in the National Park of Cinque Terre (UNESCO World Heritage Site), in a valley between two steep hills. Riomaggiore was named after Rivus Major: the stream that still flows underneath the main street. This small town is composed by parallel rows of houses with pastel coloured façades and slate-roof (torri genovesi) following the steep course of the stream.
From a historical point of view, the nucleus of the village dates back to the 13th century, when the inhabitants of the neighbouring settlements descended from the hills in order to exploit the natural resources of the sea. When Italy was unified at the end of the 19th century, many rail lines were built and Cinque Terre emerged from a historical isolation. Today this territory brings tourists from all over the world.
The local economy, once based almost exclusively on agriculture (especially the cultivation of vines), today is based primarily on tourism: thanks to the beauty of the terraced landscape that local inhabitants built turning the natural forests and steep slopes into cultivated terraces.
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