Dolly Travels – Vernazza After the Flood

Published Date Author: , May 30th, 2012

Vernazza After the FloodI have been sitting here, in my lovely hotel room in Vernazza, both out on the deck that overlooks the main piazza as well as the harbor of this village, trying to decide where to start, to tell you about Vernazza. Seeing Vernazza today, the experience was pretty overwhelming at first, so where to begin telling you about it.

As most of my readers already know, on October 25, 2011, Vernazza and Monterosso, both villages on the Ligurian coast, in the area known as Cinque Terre, were hit hard by flash floods. Over 20 inches of rain fell in less than 4 hours, virtually washing the mountainsides down into the villages.

Vernazza is one of my most favorite places on earth. Every year I make at least one trip here, and if I am lucky, I can get up here more often. Today, Susan and I arrived by train from Florence, about 10:30 a.m. As we walked from the train station toward the main piazza, we saw reconstruction going on everywhere. We knew that the village is working very hard to recover, but still I could not take in the enormity of the devastation that had occurred here. The tunnel under the train tracks is all new…and clean. Further down toward the sea, workmen were still scraping mud off building fronts, while entire shops are gutted, with new floors being placed, new everything. The mud had come up to, and in some places, over the second story windows.

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