From Rebuild to Revitalize
Four years ago, on October 25, a devastating storm wreaked havoc on Italy’s picturesque Cinque Terre region. Read More…

La Rinascita di Piazza Marconi (Piazza reborn thanks to teamwork)
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La Rinascita di Piazza Marconi (Piazza reborn thanks to teamwork)
May 2014
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La Rinascita di Piazza Marconi (Piazza reborn thanks to teamwork)
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La Rinascita di Piazza Marconi (Piazza reborn thanks to teamwork)
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La Rinascita di Piazza Marconi (Piazza reborn thanks to teamwork)
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La Rinascita di Piazza Marconi (Piazza reborn thanks to teamwork)
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hillSave Vernazza, a non-profit organization for the rebirth of the Cinque Terre
July 2014
Article in Italian about Save Vernazza’s Voluntourism Program. Read More…

May 2013
When massive landslides hit Italy’s Ligurian coast 18 months ago, damage to the medieval town of Vernazza was devastating, its stone streets, centuries-old landmarks, and picturesque waterfront left buried in mud. But in the disaster’s aftermath, this jewel of the Cinque Terre—a group of five villages designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is rebuilding in a sustainable and eco-friendly fashion. Pritzker Prize–winning British architect Richard Rogers, who has vacationed in the town for more than 50 years, is spearheading (with Italian architect Ernesto Bartolini) a master plan for the public areas that is funded by nonprofit organizations such as Save Vernazza. Read More…

Tourists Return to Vernazza After FloodsThe 46 Places to Go in 2013
January 2013
In October 2011, mudslides ravaged the lovely Cinque Terre village of Vernazza. Floodwaters reached second-story windows, wiped out road and rail connections and buried the town in mud and rocks. Now residents are rallying to restore Vernazza to its former glory. To ensure that restoration work continues in an environmentally viable manner, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Rogers has committed to design and oversee the project for reconstruction. And with major renewal projects expected to commence this winter, soon the only visible reminders of the catastrophe may be new vineyards taking root in the hills, freshly laid stone in the seaside piazza and the resurgent pride of the local community. — Ingrid K. Williams. Read More…

November 28, 2012
La nuova piazza di Vernazza. Intervista a Ruth Manfredi Read More…

November 28, 2012
La nuova piazza di Vernazza. Intervista a Ernesto Bartolini Read More..

November 11, 2012
The Sunday Times

3 part series that Rick Steves did on Vernazza and Monterosso (
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October 27, 2012
La Rinascita di Vemazza Read More…

October 18, 2012
La Stampa

Rick Steves Articles:

September 18, 2012
Watch the latest CBS News feature “Italian seaside village back in business following devastating landslides.” by Anna Matranga, CBS News.

“Lord Rogers helps to rebuild Vernazza, a village buried by disaster”
James Bone, October 19.2012
Lord Rogers of Riverside, the architect responsible for London landmarks such as the Lloyd’s building and the Millennium Dome, is volunteering his help to rebuild the disaster-stricken Italian village where his son lived before his death…Read more…

“Cinque Terre’s Comeback: How Vernazza Rebuilt Itself”
Ondine Cohane, August 3, 2012
When a biblical storm rolled across the Cinque Terre, northwest Italy’s string of five historic coastal villages, last October, the floods carried fishing boats all the way to Morocco—and almost wiped the prettiest village, Vernazza, off the map. The silver lining would be easy to miss, but the town has somehow found it: Resilient Vernazza has reinvented itself…Read more…

“Women with a mission”
Joanna Sandager, May 10, 2012
Expats unite to help rebuild Cinque Terre.
On October 25, 2011, a devastating combination of heavy rainfall and seismic landslides hit over 10 towns between lower Liguria and Northern Tuscany (see TF 152). Among those affected the most were the seaside villages of Monterosso and Vernazza, which received more than 20 inches of rain in under four hours, about one-third of the average total annual rainfall. The catastrophic weather claimed four lives and caused destruction worse than any other disaster, including World War II. Few in these towns believed they could recover from the damage done that day. Six months later, spring has brought new life, and the towns are quickly bouncing back to their original beauty-with help from American expats living in Tuscany and Liguria. Read more…

“Cinque Terre mudslides: Residents rebuilding to welcome tourists”
Michael Hartigan, April 6, 2012
The five villages that make up the Cinque Terre — Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso — hang from the train line like grape bunches on a vine. Each village builds upon itself, heaped over craggy outcrops and smothered from above by terraced vineyards and groves. The vibrantly colored houses are like wooden blocks stacked by a child’s hand, haphazard and precarious.
Vernazza was the crown jewel. With warm breezes, salty air, postcard sunsets, luxurious local seafood and the chatter of Italians at play, the town pricked every sense. Read more…

“Italy’s Cinque Terre region readies for spring tourists”
Tanya Mohn, March 20, 2012
For the residents of the Cinque Terre, a region of five quaint coastal villages nestled in cliffs overlooking the Ligurian Sea on Italy’s northwestern coast, the arrival of spring may be especially sweet this year…preliminary reports are positive…The Cinque Terre is ready to receive tourists… Read more…

“Rebuilding the Paths to Paradise”
Mitchell Jordan, March 6, 2012
Like most Australian travellers, the idea of leaving a cold winter behind for a few months under the European sun saw me pack up my bags in 2011 and, after countless recommendations from those I met along the way, headed to Cinque Terre in Italy’s north-western Liguria region…Sounds like paradise and to many like myself, it was. I speak in past tense not just because I am writing this from Australia, but also because in October last year, just over a month after my return, the area was battered and beaten by torrential rain and fierce mudslides that killed five people and all but ruined the two most tourist-orientated of the five villages, Vernazza and Monterosso… Read more…

“In Liguria’s Coastal Hills, a Storm’s Fury Brings a Struggle for Restoration” Elisabetta Povoledo, January 3, 2012
VERNAZZA, Italy — When Unesco added the Cinque Terre, five medieval coastal towns perched along the Ligurian Coast, to its World Heritage List in 1997, it cited “the harmonious interaction between people and nature to produce a landscape of exceptional scenic quality.” Nature broke that pact on Oct. 25 when a violent downpour unleashed unprecedented fury on the town of Vernazza… Read more…

“An Irishman’s Diary” Paddy Woodworth, January 30, 2012
It came as a grim personal awakening to learn that the village of Vernazza, jewel of Italy’s Cinque Terre, had been half-buried under the detritus of multiple landslides after unprecedented rainfall last October.
We – my wife and three close friends – had been foolish enough to come to think of Vernazza as a safe haven against whatever ills life dealt us… Read more…

“Months later, Italy’s Cinque Terre struggles to rebuild after storm.” January 20, 2012
When UNESCO added the Cinque Terre, five medieval coastal towns perched along Italy’s Ligurian Coast, to its World Heritage List in 1997, it cited “the harmonious interaction between people and nature to produce a landscape of exceptional scenic quality.”
Nature broke that pact Oct. 25, when a violent downpour unleashed unprecedented fury on the town of Vernazza and the surrounding hills along Italy’s northwestern coast, provoking dozens of landslides that swept a sludgy river of earth, trees, cars and debris onto the small seaside settlement. The bodies of three townspeople swept out to sea were recovered weeks later in French coastal waters.
Vernazza caught the brunt of the storm… Read more…

“Tiny Italian town devastated by flood, seeks help.”
Hal Amen, January 19, 2012
On October 25, 2011, Vernazza experienced probably the worst flood in its 1,000-year history. WHEN I WAS 16, my family went on a 3-week summer vacation in Europe. It was my first major trip abroad. I was a brat. I distinctly remember opting to sleep in and hang out in the hotel room rather than spend a day walking around Venice. I got a wicked sunburn on a Rhine river cruise and complained about the number of castles we were visiting. My little sister followed my lead. We were spoiled and it was ugly. Then we hit the Cinque Terre — five medieval villages strung along 15 miles of scarped Ligurian coast. Basing ourselves in Vernazza (village #4), we hiked the trail connecting the towns. We played around on the rocks of the jetty. We ate pesto. There wasn’t much to complain about…
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“Italy’s gorgeous Cinque Terre recovers after flash floods.” Rick Steves, January 18, 2012
In October 2011, a freakishly intense rainstorm ripped through the region and inflicted serious damage on the Cinque Terre towns of Monterosso and Vernazza.
Torrents of water from the surrounding mountains rampaged through the towns, carrying with it tons of mud and debris. Massive flooding destroyed homes and businesses. Landslides filled the streets with rocks, dirt, and debris up to four metres deep. Entire ground floors were buried…. Read more…

“A Technicolor Recovery In Cinque Terre.” Rick Steves, January 17, 2012

On the morning of January 6th, more than 50 artists descended on the damaged Cinque Terre town of Vernazza, armed with a vivid message of hope.
Organized by painter Antonio Barrani, their mission was called “Un Arcobaleno di Solidarietà per Vernazza” — A Rainbow of Solidarity for Vernazza. Each painter took a lifeless, boarded-up doorway along Via Roma and transformed it into a work of art…. Read more…

“Italy Landslide Restoration” Carol Off, January 3, 2012
The rain fell as hard as the markets. A combination of natural and economic disasters has beset a village in Italy. In the face of millions of dollars in damage, and Italy’s cash-strapped government, there’s a campaign to Save Vernazza.
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“After devastating flood, Italy’s Cinque Terre towns dig out-“ Rick Steves, November 15, 2011
After massive flooding that claimed six lives, the tourist-beloved Italian towns of Vernazza and Monterosso in Italy’s Cinque Terre are cleaning up and rebuilding.
Thirty-two years ago, I met two American college girls while hitchhiking in Switzerland. They were studying in Florence, and I asked them their favorite place in Italy. They surprised me by naming a place I had never heard of before: the Cinque Terre. Curious, I headed south and discovered a humble string of five villages along Italy’s Riviera coast with almost no tourism — and, it seemed, almost no contact with the modern world. I fell in love with this stretch of Mediterranean coastline and have returned almost every year since.
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“Cinque Terre News: Flood Devastates Vernazza, Italy” Peter Jon Lindberg, November 15, 2011

The before/after photographs are harrowing: in the first, a postcard-perfect Italian village, with pine-green shutters and lemon and rose façades, lapped by the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. In the next, the same village buried in a horrifying avalanche of mud, its harbor now the color and consistency of cement.
On October 25, flooding from a freak rainstorm devastated the town of Vernazza, one of the five villages that make up the celebrated Cinque Terre in Liguria . Rivers of water and mud cascaded down the steep and narrow streets, burying the town’s lowest levels in as much as 13 feet of debris, while also overwhelming the railroad tracks that provided the primary way in or out of Vernazza. (Part of the Cinque Terre’s allure is that four of its cliff-hugging villages are accessible only by train, boat, or hiking trail.)
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“Spring time emotions” Italian Style
29 marzo 2012
Gran successo di partecipazione dei rappresentanti dell’industria turistica USA e della stampa, all’incontro “Spring Time Emotions” Italian Style, presenti le autorità cittadine di New York e le Istituzioni italiane, organizzato dall’Ufficio ENIT di New York nella propria sede a Rockefeller Center. Il nuovo format di “Live Magazine” ha permesso di proporre le notizie della primavera turistica italiana in merito ad eventi, novità, mostre ed itinerari.

In copertina il rilancio delle Cinque Terre con un collegamento Skype con il Sindaco di Vernazza, Vincenzo Resasco che, in perfetto inglese, ha confermato “che le Cinque Terre per Pasqua saranno ancora più accoglienti di prima, che la Via Dell’Amore è perfettamente agibile e che sono quasi ultimati i lavori per il recupero degli altri percorsi naturali”. “Il pubblico, ha proseguito il Sindaco, “ha mostrato un grande apprezzamento per le 5 Terre Moterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore ed in questi mesi ha partecipato alla loro rinascita con sensibilità e solidarietà, anche attraverso il sito,, creato da 3 cittadine americane che hanno deciso di risiedere all’estremo levante ligure”. Più…

28 marzo 2012
“Ritornerai , lo so, ritornerai..”. Con il refrain di una famosa canzone di Bruno Lauzi degli anni ’60, incisa recentemente anche da Franco Battiato, Vernazza e le Cinque Terre ferite dall’alluvione hanno salutato poco dopo lamezzanottei tour operator e i media americani ospiti a New York (ore 18 locali) della sede Enit, l’agenzia nazionale del turismo, al Rockefeller Center. Una diretta Skip promossa da enit in collaborazione con l’assessorato regionale al Turismo, all’interno dell’evento “Primavera in Italia”. In collegamento conla Fifth Avenuedi New York il sindaco Vincenzo Resasco, dal suo ufficio del comune che ha descritto i lavori in corso e il recupero dei sentieri danneggiati.

La diretta – sottolinea una nota della Regione Liguria – si è aperta con le immagini del capo dello Stato Giorgio Napolitano, ospite di Vernazza mercoledì scorso. Poi il conduttore della diretta, Eugenio Magnani, ex responsabile della struttura di missione per il rilancio dell’Italia e attualmente direttore della sede Enit di New York, ha mostrato agli ospiti in sala le immagini della rinascita delle Cinque Terre lanciate dal sito realizzato da tre signore americane residenti da tempo a Vernazza.

Un sito web cliccatissimo dai turisti a stelle e strisce che in questi mesi hanno commentato le fotografie sul ritorno alla normalità dopo la tremenda alluvione del 25 ottobre salutando con il loro soprannome-“Gallo”, “Camilletto”, “Giamba”, “Grillo”, “Scianchetta”, “Filippo” e tanti altri- commercianti e personaggi del paese.

“Save Vernazza: tre americane per la ricostruzione del borgo” Marco Ursano, November 14, 2011
Ruth Manfredi è una tipa tosta. Nata e cresciuta al Meatpacking District di New York, ma quando non era ancora un posto per fighetti alla “Sex and the City”; colta e liberal, una brillante carriera da top manager. Nel 1995 arriva in Italia, un viaggio sentimentale come fanno tanti americani, attirata dalle promesse di bellezza, calore e “easy life” delle Cinque Terre. Read more…