Sometimes the most heart-warming news comes in the wake of great tragedy.
This is the case with the Cinque Terre, whose five village towns were devastated by floods occurring along the Tuscan and Ligurian coasts in October 2011.
Now, around 150 days later and after massive cleanup efforts, the Cinque Terre is ready for visitors.
This is thanks to the great efforts of locals and some wonderful volunteers who trained in each Saturday morning to clean up the metres of mud that slicked the streets, to rebuild by hand the stone walls that line the cliff faces, and the like.
Vernazza alone was left with approximately sixty thousand cubic meters of debris to clean up, just to give you an idea of the hard work that has been put into restoring these charming, must-see village towns.
There are still some signs of the floods remaining – but just like humans, the scars and wrinkles are signs of our history that just make us more fascinating, right?
Here is a video taken of floods in Vernazza, a picturesque village town and must-see place to visit in Italy for many visitors to Italy: http://www.youreporter.it/video_Alluvione_in_Liguria_disastro_a_Vernazza_auto_in_mare
And from Monterosso: http://www.youreporter.it/video_Alluvione_Monterosso_25_10_2011
It’s a big difference from the before-the-flood photos of the Cinque Terra!
The Artviva Cinque Terre from Florence in a small group has now recommenced for the 2012 season.