Latest News and More Photos from Cinque Terre

Flooding in Monterosso October 2011 (Photo credit

Based on a news story on an Italian website in La Spezia, the storm is being called the “Flood from Hell” and the photos posted clearly reinforce that expression. The death toll has now risen to 9, although not all are from Cinque Terre, Some are from nearby coastal towns.

Damage in Monterosso after the flood (Photo credit

People are still missing and the highest cliff town of Corniglia is still completely isolated. Partial train service has been restored after cleaning the mud and debris away from the tracks, but the Vernazza stop is not functioning yet.Trenitalia, the Italian railway seems to be handling the disaster fairly well, considering that they have managed to open some of the track. Until then the only access to these fishing villages was from the sea, just as it was years ago before the train lines were built here.

Here are some photos from Monterosso and Vernazza that were posted on the La Spezia website You can compare these to the photos of the same area that I took in May. I am glad that they are getting help, and on Sunday, according to the Italian news, people donated money at a regional soccer game to help clean up after the disaster.

A Monterosso street after the storm and mudslide (Photo credit

Monterosso marina after the storm (Photo credit

Vernazza flooding (Photo credit

Vernazza May 2011

Monterosso May 2011

About Margie Miklas

An award-winning author, Margie Miklas writes medical thrillers and travel memoirs about Italy, a place which has captured her passion for travel. She is also the creator and owner of the travel blog, Margie in Italy, and a contributing writer for an Italian-American newspaper. A retired critical-care nurse, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her three cats. Her favorite place is the beach, and she likes learning new computer skills, when she is not writing. A member of the Florida Writers Association, Margie makes her home in Florida.
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11 Responses to Latest News and More Photos from Cinque Terre

  1. Bonnie D. says:

    Unbelievable. . .glad you were back home when this well named Flood From Hell struck. We are always just a thumbnail away from disaster.


  2. bagnidilucca says:

    This is just horrible. I hope these beautiful towns can recover.


    • Margie says:

      I know. I feel so sad because it is an area not easily accessible for repairs When I was there in May part of the trail was closed between Monterosso and Corniglia because of a mudslide that had occurred over a year ago.


  3. Donna says:

    So devastating.


  4. Jill says:

    It is nearly mind numbing thinking of the losses of these people; it is hard to think of anything that could even be put into words- except for prayers. And, how grateful I am that you are home, Margie.


  5. Having visited this part of Italy twice, my heart dropped hard when I think of the natural beauty of the Five Lands… it’s people… and then I see the devastation of the recent flooding.

    I’m concerned for the locals there and am reaching out to a few I’ve met during my travels.

    If you’d like to take a moment to make a donation, please visit the Red Cross online at the link below and select “Emergency Tuscany and Liguria” from the drop-down box. It’s undoubtedly the fastest way to show your support.

    Italy, you will recover!

    Patrick @


  6. Marta says:

    Dear Margie, dear all,
    I found your blog while looking for some pictures to show to my boyfriend in order to explain what had happened in my region. I am originally from Sestri Levante, a town on the coast only a few kilometres away from the Cinque Terre. I have been living abroad for the past ten years and it was a real shock to hear the news, see the pictures and listen to my friends and family telling tales of destruction of a place that not only is home, but also a symbol of timeless beauty and success through preservation.
    Anyway, this long introduction to say that I am really touched by your comments and your support and that I really hope that the Cinque Terre will soon return to its original splendour.
    Thank you for loving my country.


  7. adinparadise says:

    Just saw this post. How awful for those people. We visited there only a couple of weeks before the floods happened.


  8. restlessjo says:

    Old news now but no less tragic. The clean up sorted by now of course. I was just visiting after seeing you on “2 black dogs” and clicked on this one first.


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