“The devastating flood occurred on October 25th 2011 has been a dreadful event for our region… but we want you to know that the Cinque Terre are alive, and almost fully undamaged now, beautiful as always and ready to host this region’s lovers. We just want to tell you to keep visiting the Cinque Terre, and you will have the chance to experience them in many different ways”Volunteers helping in Vernazza after the flood
These are the words chosen to welcome visitors on the Cinque Terre Touristic Consortium website after the powerful flood affected the villages of Monterosso and Vernazza, while the other three villages (Manarola, Corniglia and Riomaggiore) were just relatively damaged. This part of Italy has been given National Park status, as it’s a natural protected marine area, and its original beauty hasn’t been affected by the events of October 2011, whose consequences were described in our November post “A Fatal Gift of Beauty“.
Here is some advice to get the best out of your trip to Le Cinque Terre:
1. Take Advantage of the SeaRiomaggiore, Cinque Terre
Since Le Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast, it is better to visit it when the weather and the water are warm enough to swim. This certainly is one of the most suggestive sites on the Mediterranean coast and all the towns (except for Corniglia) slope down to sea level. We’re glad to announce our Angelo’s Sunset Boat Tour will be starting in late May, depending on the weather, and remember, we have a daytime version of this tour too: Angelo’s boat tour Cinque Terre.
2. Experience the Walks
One of the best ways to get to this place is by train since every town has a train station and few have parking lots. Most tourists leave their cars in La Spezia and then take the train from there; if you plan on going by car just bear in mind there’s a good parking garage in Riomaggiore. Once you’re there the best way to enjoy the wonderful views is on foot: there are a lot of walking paths and our Discovering the Cinque Terre tour suggests a brand new path until the original one reopens. The tour starts from Rapallo or Santa Margherita Ligure and goes by boat to Corniglia. Then you’ll walk through terraced vineyards to Volastra, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The final leg of the journey is by boat to Monterosso.
3. Try the Ligurian FoodTrofie with pesto
Each region, city or village in Italy has its own food specialties. Liguria is among the regions with the best known food: trofie, tagliatelle (two different kinds of handmade pasta), pesto (a delicious sauce made with garlic and basil), focaccia (a flat oven-baked bread), vegetable pies and many more. Check our travel tips section to find out the best places to find these Ligurian specialties.
After the huge commitment, courage, hard work and passion that have been put into this recovery mission, it is extremely important to support this beautiful part of Italy and the best way to so is to keep going there. The people in charge are working quickly to rebuild, clean, reopen and bring back to life what has been damaged: the first results are already evident since most of the shops, cafés, restaurants and hotels expect to be back in business by Easter, with some having already reopened.
Keeping this beautiful place in your travel plans is definitely the best way to help it get back to its original condition, or even better, and we can help you make the most out of your time Le Cinque Terre.