The Foundation

The “Fondazione Manarola Cinqueterre” was born in March 2014 after about a year of discussion in which the number of participants continued to increase at the public reunions.

Creating this foundation allowed us to set up enough capital, thanks to the donors, in which over 50% were Manarolian families.

The shared capital of the foundation is comprised of money and land within the National Park of Cinque Terre and is comprised of terraces overlooking the town of Manarola. These terraces are for the most part abandoned.

Le attività della Fondazione Manarola CinqueterreThe primary objective of the foundation is to gather funds to order to rebuild the fallen stone walls and to once again cultivate the abandoned terraces. We would like to restore our land to how it was for centuries until just a few decades ago. By doing so, we also would lessen the risk of mudslides that could harm the village of Manarola. Below, please find the details:


Key actions

  • 1.1 Clean the abandoned terrain and revitalize the land’s use for agriculture with the idea of eventually using organic methods collaborating with organizations such as the National Park and the Department of Forestry, etc.
  • 1.2.1 Restore the rainwater disposal system by keeping the entire length of the existing stormwater drains clean all the way to their confluence with Rio Groppo that runs under the main street of Manarola
  • 1.2.2 Maintain at peak capacity the stormdrains mentioned in 1.2.1
  • 1.3.1 Reconstruct the retaining walls or restructure the fallen stone walls with the collaboration of the owners of the land and/or with the people actually cultivating the land.
  • 1.3.2 Reconstruct , at the same time, stretches of retaining walls that are physiologically collapsing a little bit at a time that need continuous maintenance.
  • 1.4 Organically cultivate the recovered and already working terraces and also recover and maintain the rainwater disposal system that flow to the existing canals, referred to in points 2.1 and 2.2.
  • 1.5 Recover and maintain stretches of the path and that guarantee access to all of the terrain in this zone along with the “trenini.”
  • 1.6 Recover and maintain the unique “trenini” known as trains or monorails that guarantee access of to all of the terrain in this zone.

Complementary Actions

  • 2.1 Collaborate with other groups, institutions, cultural associations or any other organization that works to preserve and validate significant aesthetic values such as ours – a landscape that actually is a cultural resource worthy of investment whether it be for the tourist sector or for anyone with free time to enjoy its beauty.
  • 2.2 Find professionals to promote and/or manage projects capable of hiring and/or updating staff and volunteers and/or workers specialized in the areas discussed in the primary objectives (see above).
  • 2.3 Promote and manage the maintenence of pedestrian paths and other roads located in the area. These paths will not only attract groups who want to know more about local agricultural techniques such as the maintenance of terraces, etc., they will also bring in visitors who wish to view the extraordinary scenery of Cinque Terre.