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What we do:

  • We collect funds primarily using online and offline fundraising campaigns
  • We rebuild our thousand year-old heritage stone walls
  • We clean canals in order to safeguard our land from hydrogeological instability preventing landslides
  • We promote and carry on a local development project that preserves the territory while creating new job opportunities

What we need:

  • We need your help to increase our ability to carry on these vital projects.  We ask you to help us by giving us a DONATION.


La collina del Corniolo su 'National Geographics' del giugno 1963 Cinque Terre’s terraced landscape holds a secular history:  the local community has profoundly worked with the earth transforming it into a vast system of stone terraces that extend to more than 1,000 hectares or more than 2,500 acres. Even today,  we can still admire this collective human masterpiece of terraces, unique in the world for its majesty, a direct consequence of a thousand years of continuous activity of Cinque Terrians who did so of their own free will.  This is unique because only slaves constructed such massive projects during this time. In 1997, the magnificence of the Cinque Terre landscape was recognized by UNESCO and was added to the “World Heritage List.” Specifically, Cinque Terre is called a “World Heritage for Humanity” for the following reasons:

“…the eastern Ligurian Riviera between Cinque Terre and Portovenere is a cultural site of outstanding value,  representing the harmonious interaction between people and nature to  produce a landscape of exceptional  scenic quality that illustrates  a traditional way of life that has existed for a thousand years and continues to play an important socio-economic role in the life of the community.    (whc.unesco.org)

Since the abandonment of agricultural practices, particularly in the last fifty years due to changing economic conditions  and the rapid depopulation of Cinque Terre, the land has begun to go back to what it once was before the construction of the terraces; there has been a build-up of soil over the terraces, and trees have grown  back where there once were grapes.  Along with this, there has been an increase of hydrogeological instability, meaning that there has been a significant rise in the number of  landslides and terraced walls collapsing.

L'anfiteatro dei giganti - ManarolaThe villages of Vernazza and Monterosso were partially destroyed by mudslides only a few years ago, for the risk of hydrogeological instability  is a phenomenon that is unfortunately omnipresent in the entire state of Liguria.  This risk takes on an extraordinary revelance to the inhabitants of our villages where a landslide can threaten our very existence.  This is definitely the case for Manarola where the once totally cultivated Collora hill (made famous worldwide by the large illuminated nativity scene created by Mario Andreoli) is now in a state of deterioration and is progressively getting worse due to fewer people cultivating and maintaining our terraced stone walls.  In fact, in many places the stone walls are beginning to collapse or are threatening to collapse. The community of Manarola has felt impelled to create a FOUNDATION named the Amphitheater of the Giants whose sole purpose is the collection of funds to recover and rebuild our terraces in our valley.

frana causata dall'alluvione dell'ottobre 2011 a VernazzaThe primary purpose of mitigating the risk of landslides for the inhabitants of Manarola dovetails perfectly into the need to save a piece of our land of extraordinary beauty where one can walk on paths overlooking the sea.  With just one look, people understand how unique this path really is, created by the people of Cinque Terre hundreds of years ago who understood the delicate equillibrium between humanity and the sea.  In Cinque Terre, this equillibrium has found its ultimate expression.