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that, together with some neighboroods, form the National Park of the Cinque Terre (Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre).
UNESCO had aknowledged the high scenic and cultural value and inscribed the Cinque Terre - together with Portovenere and the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto - in the "World Heritage" .
The sea area of the National Park of Cinque Terre - beside being part of the so-called "Whale Sanctuary" - is a protected natural marine area since 1997.
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