Exactly one year ago today devastating rainstorms brought flooding and mudslides to Italy’s beautiful Cinque Terre towns of Vernazza and Monterosso.
When my sister and I visited the wonderful seaside villages of the Cinque Terre this year in summer, we were extremely glad to see restaurants and shops open for business again. The community really came together and rebuilt the towns with little to no assistance from the Italian government.
Vernazza was completely out of bounds for tourists, which was a real shame as I had been looking forward to seeing it the most. We did however visit Monterosso and were instantly captivated by it the moment we got off the train. The sparkling blue water of the Mediterranean Sea was so incredible and refreshing to see and feel. I’d never seen the sea so blue before! We wandered up along the cliff edge into the heart of the town which was highly populated and lively. In fact if we hadn’t seen the information posted up around the town about the flooding we would’ve never guessed that it was affected.
It was extremely touching to witness a town like Monterosso bounce back and to see the locals happy again. Thank you Monterosso for welcoming us into your soul with such warmth and may all those who perished be honoured and never forgotten. This post is in their memory.