Thursday, May 9, 2013

Return to the Cinque Terre

Our picture-laden tour through Italy continues. Today's stop: The Cinque Terre.

I've written about this stunning place before; five quaint villages nestled among the crooks, cliffs and crannies that make up Italy's northern Mediterranean Coast. It's one of my favorite places in the world.

Sadly, a few months after my last visit in 2011, two of the five villages experienced catastrophic flooding that swept some villagers' dreams and lives out to sea and left the survivors up to their eyeballs in mud. The communities have undergone a heroic effort to clean up and rebuild. In fact, the only evidence we saw of the flood were the pictures in shops and Vernazza's new beach (built from all the mud and rocks that washed off the hillsides and were relocated there during the cleanup effort).

Here are a few of my favorite shots from our time there...

As I said in my post back in 2011, do yourself a favor and add the Cinque Terre to your travel bucket list. I seriously considered dropping this whole writing thing and becoming a trail guide (this area is known throughout the world for its incredible hiking trails and views) for the summer instead. Want to join me?
{images via Elizabeth Farrar for Bella Vita}