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Italian Officials Announce Plans To Limit Number of Tourists in Cinque Terre

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Want to visit the Cinque Terre this year? You’ll have to take a number. This summer, Italian officials plan to limit the number of tourists who can visit the group of five Italian villages and implement a lottery for admission. The country hopes that the new measures will allow eager tourists to sight-see while still preserving the historic area.

The beautiful villages that make up the Cinque Terre—Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare—are beloved for their stacked, bright houses and breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. The region has been designated both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national park.

Some of the villages are car-free and only accessible via train or boat, but that does not deter hordes of international tourists from making the trip each year. Last year alone, about 2.5 million visitors descended upon the little towns, which are not prepared to support such traffic.

Park director Vittorio Alessandro told Italian newspaper la Repubblica that regional leaders had decided to cap the number of tourists at 1.5 million—which is still a huge figure relative to the size of the Cinque Terre.

To enforce the new regulations, park staff are outfitting roads to the region with devices to measure traffic. Once those hit 1.5 million, the roads will be blocked off. But instead of a first-come, first-serve system, the government has instituted a lottery and will be selling tickets. They’re also creating a mobile app that will show visitors the congestion in each village in order to encourage tourists not to clump in certain areas.

“We will certainly be criticised for this, but for us it is a question of survival,” Alessandro told la Repubblica.

[h/t The Guardian]

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The Best (and Worst) States for Summer Road Trips
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As we shared recently, the great American road trip is making a comeback, but some parts of the country are more suitable for hitting the open road than others. If you're interested in taking a road trip this summer but are stuck on figuring out the destination, WalletHub has got you covered: The financial advisory website analyzed factors like road conditions, gas prices, and concentration of activities to give you this map of the best states to explore by car.

Wyoming—home to the iconic road trip destination Yellowstone National Park—ranked No. 1 overall with a total score of 58.75 out of 100. It's followed by North Carolina in the No. 2 slot, Minnesota at No. 3, and Texas at No. 4. Coming in the last four slots are the three smallest states in America—Rhode Island, Delaware, and Connecticut—and Hawaii, a state that's obviously difficult to reach by car.

But you shouldn't only look at the overall score if you're planning a road trip route: Some states that did poorly in one category excelled in others. California for example, came in 12th place overall, and ranked first when it came to activities and 41st in cost. So if you have an unlimited budget and want to fit as many fun stops into your vacation as possible, taking a trip up the West Coast may be the way to go. On the other end of the spectrum, Mississippi is a good place to travel if you're conscious of spending, ranking second in costs, but leaves a lot to be desired in terms of the quality of your trip, coming in 38th place for safety and 44th for activities.

Choosing the stops for your summer road trip is just the first step of the planning process. Once you have that covered, don't forget to pack these essentials.

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Netherlands Officials Want to Pay Residents to Bike to Work
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Thinking about relocating to the Netherlands? You might also want to bring a bike. Government officials are looking to compensate residents for helping solve their traffic congestion problem and they want businesses to pay residents to bike to work, as The Independent reports.

Owing to automobile logjams on roadways that keep drivers stuck in their cars and cost the economy billions of euros annually, Dutch deputy infrastructure minister Stientje van Veldhoven recently told media that she's endorsing a program that would pay employees 19 cents for every kilometer (0.6 miles) they bike to work.

That doesn't sound like very much, but perhaps citizens who need to trek several miles each way would appreciate the cumulative boost in their weekly paychecks. For employers, the benefit would be a healthier workforce that might take fewer sick days and reduce parking needs.

Veldhoven says she also plans on designing a program that would assist employers in supplying workers with bicycles. The goal is to have 200,000 people opting for manual transportation over cars. If the program proceeds, it might find a receptive population. The Netherlands is already home to 22.5 million bikes, more than the 17.1 million people living there. In Amsterdam, a quarter of residents bike to work.

There's no timeline for implementing the pay-to-bike plan, but early trial studies indicate that the expense might not have to be a long-term prospect. Study subjects continued to bike to work even after the financial rewards stopped.

[h/t The Independent]

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