The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - FRONT PAGE -

This once quiet lit­tle col­lec­tion of five coastal vil­lages in Italy’s north­west re­gion has been in­un­dated by tourists in re­cent years. The colour­ful sea­side houses and steep wind­ing roads of the Cinque Terre towns have be­come a ma­jor at­trac­tion. You would think that the mayor of any city would be chuffed about a boom­ing tourism mar­ket, but last year Barcelona’s mayor, Ada Colou, called for a cap on how many tourists could en­ter the city. Tourism has tripled in the past 20 years and res­i­dents are com­plain­ing of the city be­ing taken over by vis­i­tors. For years, there have been calls to put a limit on the num­ber of tourists vis­it­ing Venice. Its nar­row canal streets and bridges that are so much a part of its ap­peal have be­come con­gested to the point where it’s mak­ing life mis­er­able for the res­i­dents.

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