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My name is Scott and I like to travel. There I said it, wow that does feel better. There is probably a program for my affliction somewhere. I am what I would consider a Normal Guy. I am a native Arizonan, sometimes we are called “Zonies”. I am in my mid 40′s and enjoy a great life. I am self employed and have a wonderful daughter and Partner. Although I would say my life is a fairly normal one, I am also quite lucky in that I have the ability to travel and enjoy the world, I enjoy learning about other cultures and experiencing the world around us. I want to be right upfront about the type of travel I enjoy and the type I don’t. You will probably not ever read a story of about me backpacking my way through the serengeti during the height of summer, nor will you probably read any stories of me sleeping in the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton in Paris. I am not a budget traveler, nor am I an uber luxury traveler, I fall somewhere in the middle, where most people fall I believe. I started this blog for the sole purpose of sharing my stories, my views and my excitement for traveling around this world with my friends, family. However it doesn’t stop there for me, I also wanted to make friends with others around the world, those who travel and those who dream of travel. Blogs and Websites evolve over time, mine will no doubt expand over time as well please come back and see what has taken place. However if you have come to my blog to schedule a flight or a hotel, this is not the place.

Saving Cinque Terre, Italy

I believe I have made it abundantly clear that Italy is my favorite country to visit.  In fact I intend to one day retire there and live the good life.  So I was upset to hear of the devastation that was visited upon Cinque Terre.  An absolutely beautiful coastal village, made up of 5 towns in the northern region of Italy.

Vernazza Before the Rain Storms and Mudslides
Vernazza After the devastating Rain Storms and Mudslides

This area was devastated, and that is not too harsh of a word, it is sheer devastation that a torrential rain storm hit on October 25, 2011.  The hills above Vernazza and the neighboring towns such as Monterosso washed away, unleashing mudslides burying the towns in more than 14 feet of mud, debris even cars which prior to the rain storms weren’t even allowed in the towns.  Three people died and hundreds were hurt.  The storms knocked out the 5 towns revenue stream, Tourism.

Hotels, Restaurants, Tour Guides and so many other sources that make tourism the key to this regions success have been shut down.  The people who make their living here are at a loss and need help and understanding.  The 5 villages that make up the Cinque Terre are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.  Each village builds upon itself leaning and creeping over rocky outcroppings, vineyards and groves.

Vernazza is considered to be the Crown Jewel of the 5 villages and I will bet you have seen many pictures of it.  The town of Vernazza screams Italy with it’s gorgeous sunsets, brightly colored buildings and warm loving locals who harken back to a simpler time.  Vernazza averages about two and a half million visitors a year, with nearly 1 million of them coming from the U.S.  As devastated as this region has been, it is coming back.  The Cinque Terre area relies on tourism, it’s the lifeblood of their economy.

Both the Italian Government and the Local Governments of the Cinque Terre area are committed to the cleanup and making the Cinque Terre area better than before the storms.  They are making every effort to have the Cinque Terre area open for business by the summer travel season, there may be fewer hotels and restaurants, but they are convinced they will be ready for visitors.

In the aftermath of the October disaster, an Italian non profit organization has been formed to raise both awareness and funds for the rebuilding and preservation.  It is estimated that the floods have created more than 133 million dollars in damage.

If you would like to know more or better yet, help in the rebuilding efforts of the Cinque Terre area please visit the Save Vernazza site here,  www.savevernazza.com

Vernazza before the storms
Corniglia before the storms
Monterosso before the storms
Riomagiorre before the storms

Happy Travels


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2 Comments on “Saving Cinque Terre, Italy”

  1. Jerold May 20, 2014 at 9:13 am #

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