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To picture for yourself what the Cinque Terre looks like, imagine mountains descending all the way down into an azure sea. Imagine these mountains all covered by an intricate pattern of stone walls, creating terraces occupied by ancient vineyards. And at their feet, secluded coves and quaint multi-coloured villages, cluster around their little harbours.

These are the Cinque Terre – the “Five Lands”, a quintessentially ‘human’ landscape – and yet so harmonious that it looks absolutely ‘natural’. It is a landscape that has been looked after by men for many centuries – at first by monks in the Middle Ages – all the way to the present.

This is a shot of Riomaggiore; a cascade of multi-coloured, old houses, all tightly clustered around a tiny natural harbour carved out in between the rocks. Buildings are tall, as in medieval times the lack of space was compensated for by constructing as high as possible.

Particularly spectacular geology can be seen here. The forces created by the collision of the Africa and Eurasian Plates have folded layers of sedimentary rock from horizontal to vertical, an easily seen illustration of recent and ongoing mountain building.

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