Tre e mezzo Terre (formerly Cinque Terre)

My mom and dad flew into Florence this week and after a few days of rest to correct the jet-lag, we headed off to Cinque Terre to see the villages and do a little hiking.  Last October, as many of you know, two of the towns (Monterosso al Mare and Vernazza) in Cinque Terre were devastated by flooding.  It is because of this that I now call it 3 1/2 terre. :(  Many of the famed hiking paths along the shore were washed out and most of the shops, restaurants, etc. in Monterosso and Vernazza were destroyed.  While we were there, a lot of work was being done to get the towns up to speed before the tourist season begins in May. Monterosso was coming along pretty well, but we heard it would be at least 6 months for Vernazza to be up and running.  As of now, only the vital services in Vernazza are open, including a pharmacy and bank.  We read that the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano, is coming to the city on Monday to see the progress and the country just gave the towns 5 million euros to help restoration efforts. It was quite sad to see nature’s wrath, but we were rather happy there weren’t many tourists around.  On the way to Cinque Terre, we stopped (again!) in Pisa to see the tower.  … [Read More]