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A POPULAR tourist attraction in Italy is set to reopen after being closed to the public for more than 10 years.

The Italian Riviera is home to colourful buildings, stunning beaches, and crystal-clear waters.

Via dell’Amore in Italy's Cinque Terre (a group of five towns along the Italian Riviera) will reopen next year.

The one-kilometre walking trail previously connected the towns of Riomaggiore and Manarola.

After the route first opened to tourists in 1931, it became popular with holidaymakers thanks to its picturesque views and flat path.

But after a landslide in September 2012, Via dell’Amore, which is also known as Lovers' Lane, closed to the public.

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Despite more damage over the years, the route has since been restored to its former glory.

According to the New Zealand Herald, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is set to reopen in July 2024, if the restoration work is complete.

A section of the path reopened earlier this year, as part of a three-month trial, but visitors need to be booked on a guided tour to walk the partial route.

Tickets cost €5 (£4.32), and must be purchased in advance online.

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Another free walking route in the Cinque Terre is Via Beccara, which runs between Manarola and Riomaggiore.

Via Beccara is described as a "challenging" 1.5km trail that should only be attempted by tourists who are in "a very good physical condition".

Those Brits who are holidaying in the Italian Riviera can also purchase the Cinque Terre Trekking Card.

The card provides access to the walking trails that run between Monterosso to Vernazza and Vernazza to Corniglia.

Tickets for a one-day pass cost €7.50 (£6.49), while a two-day pass costs €14.50 (£12.54).

The five towns that form the Cinque Terre (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore) also inspired the landscapes and settings in the hit Disney film Luca.

While some popular tourist attractions in Italy are re-opening, others are slashing visitor numbers.

One of those places is Villa del Balbianello, in Lombardy.

Set on the shores of the luxurious Lake Como in northern Italy, the popular Villa is significantly cutting the number of tourists who can visit each day from 2,000 to 1,200.

The elegant 18th-century mansion featured in films like Casino Royale and Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.

Because it draws in tourists from far and wide, reducing the number of visitors was "a drastic decision", according to the FAI, the Italian equivalent of The National Trust.



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