With reference to the article “In Hills of Liguria, a Struggle for Restoration After a Storm” published on New York Times on January, 3rd I would like to make some precise statements about the real situation in Cinque Terre after the flood.
I’m Eugenio Bordoni, manager of Arbaspàa Tour Organizer, a Tour Operator based in Manarola, Cinque Terre (Italy). I live and work in the Cinque Terre.
First of all, I would like to underline that not “several towns” have been damaged by the flood but only two: Vernazza and Monterosso. The other three villages are not damaged and are safe, because the flood didn’t hit them.
In Monterosso the clean-up works are going on quickly and the situation, now, is better.
In Vernazza, a lot of workers are working very hard everyday and the promises about its restoration will be maintained.
Then, another point of the article was the reference to the bombardments in the 2nd World War: in Cinque Terre they were not very catastrophic, then the comparison with the damages caused by the flood is an exaggeration and it creates an idea of total destruction that is only counterproductive.
Finally, I think that to stimulate the restore of the territory a sinergy, between farms and tourism, is needed: increase the knowledge of the territory through visits to vineyards and cellars, creation of new accommodations and stores dedicated to taste typical food and beverage, maybe into the farms.
The farms must expand and increase the services offered.
More knowledge about the land and investments for the recovery of the footpaths and terracing through the creation by young local people of cooperatives and private societies.
Manager of Arbaspaà Tour Organizer
Manarola – Cinque Terre
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I visited the Cinque Terre in May 2010 and fell in love with the people and the area. I really enjoyed my stay in Vernazza and have every intention of returning.