Cinque Terre lies west of La Spezia, in northern Italy. It comprises five small coastal villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso, which are the reason its name means Five Lands. The main attraction of Cinque Terre is its 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 protected by UNESCO and it was declared a National Park in 1997. Swimming is possible in the sea of each village. The quietest swimming spot of all five lands is Corniglia's small harbour, reached by a long staircase leading down to the sea.