If you love Italy, you will recall that on October 25, 2011, two of the five ancient little towns of Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera were hit hard by mud slides and floods caused by torrential rains. Gloriously post-card-perfect with their vibrantly-colored buildings, sunny terraces and open-air cafes along the rugged, rocky seafront, Vernazza and Monterosso were devastated by mud and water that damaged much of their timeless charm. Travel guru Rick Steves, who has written extensively about the destination and regularly sends his tour groups there, vowed to focus attention on his beloved Cinque Terre.
In January of this year, I linked you to his latest news of the tragedy, and now Steves has published an in-depth report of his recent visit--and it's encouraging.
You will enjoy the photos and stories of his visits with some of his close friends from Cinque Terre, and his update on exactly what to expect when you get there--it remains one of those places that you must experience, at least once in your life.
Here is one of my short articles about Cinque Terre.
Click here for some preliminary info about what happened.
Here is Rick Steves' news about his recent visit, six months after the disaster, including a tear-jerker of a video.
Karen Misuraca is the author of several guidebooks, including Backroads of the California Wine Country; Backroads of the California Coast, and the newly released 8th edition of Fun with the Family Northern California. Check out Karen's new iPhone app, California Coast North.