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Five Lands National Park – Landscape
Along the ridges, there are terraces built by men, stone by stone, dry walls along the sea side – average height: two metres – with a planted space inside with vines made by carried soil, or better, chips of stone. A huge work, that today appears mostly covered by Mediterranean vegetation, but that still shows, in long strips of land, the man’s fight against nature, a titanic battle made with eight million square metres of walls. Until today it has permitted the preservation of a prodigious hydrogeologic balance up to 450 metres on the sea level. From the vineyards it is obtained the famous sciacchetrà,an almost undiscoverable “passito” (raisin wine); it is also obtained a white wine, known already under the Roman Empire. It is reported that amphorae full of wine were found in the excavations of Pompei, possibly coming from Cornelius’ property, the present Corniglia. Just arrived at Volastra, a secular olive-tree welcome you, while others are close to the houses. They prove the mildness of the climate as well as their willingness to crown the village; they are wild olive-trees, with small-size fruits producing a precious oil. Today the walls that have made the history of Cinqueterre experiment their hardest time, due to the uncultivated land as a result of objective difficulties in cultivation as well as of an increasing demographic diminution.