A week of good news followed by bad I am afraid.
This past Monday a group of Australian tourists were caught in a rock slide along the famous and most popular section of trails in the area called Via dell’Amore. Two of the tourists remain hospitalized, one in serious condition after being swept over the protective barrier and trapped along the hard to access rocky coastline.
What caused this new tragedy? The mayor of Riomaggiore made a statement earlier blaming the drought and dry weather to cause the boulders to detach from the cliff above the trail. The incident is incredibly rare and even harder to predict. The trails in the Cinque Terre are often closed due to land slides. I always warn my clients to double-check closures before starting out. With the mudslides from the flooding last winter, most trails have been closed longer than open. But this is the first time fingers have been pointed to drought as the culprit. I am sure many are wondering what will happen when the rains begin again this fall.
I will keep travelers updated on the conditions of the trails and the situation on Via dell’Amore. For related articles, click here.
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