I am so saddened to read of the devastation in the Cinque Terre towns of Vernazza and Monterosso from the torrential rains and flooding. The area is so beautiful and I especially loved walking around Monterosso with my brother and sister-in-law and exploring the little streets and alleys of this fishing village where boats were parked in the streets.
My brother and I had lunch in the scenic town of Vernazza after a very challenging hike along the Cinque Terre trail and my first view of this town was from high above on the trail, and it made the hike so worth it!
I feel for the local people and also the shop owners whose livelihood has come to depend upon the tourists to this area.
You can read more of the story in this news report.