Friday, October 25, 2013

October 25th, 2013 - two years later.

Two years ago today Monterosso faced one of the most difficult challenges of its history. Water, rocks and mud unexpectedly ravaged the historic center of the village, leaving it gutted in a matter of hours. If you have not seen the photographs and videos of that day, look at them here. Watching these images is heartbreaking and, still now,  the prospect of eventual reconstruction seems impossible.

As we have said before, impossible is not part of the Monterossino mentality. If there is a job to do, it gets done. 

Rebuild Monterosso was born from this tragedy, as a way of helping the international community participate in the reconstruction of the village. Through your donations, your Facebook posts and your encouraging messages, you helped Monterosso know that the world was rooting for them. Monterosso knew it had to get back on its feet, not only for themselves, but also for all of the people from all over the globe that loved it and couldn’t wait to return.
Your support has been critical in keeping morale high. Knowing that tourists would be returning was an enormous motivation in making sure that the town would reemerge stronger and more beautiful than before.

For the past two years www.RebuildMonterosso.com has participated in the progress of Monterosso first hand and through its site tried to involve its readers as the town moved from literally being buried to its present state. Tourists who now come to Monterosso can see little to no effects of the flood- you can make it out only if you know where to look: scratches on the walls, the mud stains inside the church. The amount of work done to arrive at this point has been heroic. Much more still needs to be accomplished, particularly in the countryside where landslides and falling walls continue to be a threat. These projects will be ongoing and will hopefully prevent this type of disaster from ever occurring again.

Since the reconstruction of Monterosso is practically completed within the historic center, www.RebuildMonterosso.com has decided to stop writing regular blog posts. The site will still be available to consult past entries and we will try and post about transportation timetables and events in Monterosso as they become available. Our Facebook page will remain active and we encourage friend participation. Please post your photos, memories and stories of Monterosso there. 

What happened will not be forgotten in Monterosso and should not be ignored by visitors who come to appreciate the village. It has shaped the town both physically and mentally and will remain a scar to everyone who experienced it both in person and on a computer or television screen. Not only did we lose our certainties during the flood, we lost a friend - we all thank you for your sacrifice Sandro Usai.

An immense thank you, from us personally and on behalf of the residents of Monterosso,  to everyone who has followed us over the past two years and everyone who has returned to Monterosso after the flood. Your support has been, and continues to be, invaluable. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fall transport schedules for the Cinque Terre

Ferry boats will run between the Cinque Terre villages and Portovenere through 3 November. Due to uncertain weather and sea conditions, always check with the ticket counter regarding service.



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Train service has been reduced because of scheduled work within the tunnel between Riomaggiore and Manarola. Delays are common this time of year so make sure you plan plenty of time to get from one town to another.

* Direction La Spezia -> Cinque Terre -> Levanto*



* Direction Levanto -> Cinque Terre -> La Spezia *


Key:
A- Only runs on weekdays, Monday through Saturdays
B- Only runs on Sundays and holidays
D- Only runs on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays

For copies of this schedule, feel free to ask at the Cinque Terre National Park offices located in each of the Cinque Terre village train stations.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Summer Suprises

Summer in Monterosso is different than in other parts of the world. In summertime you can naturally entertain yourself with  the outdoor and sea related activities like swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boating and paddle boarding.  More so, there are the evening activities planned by the city and willing and creative citizens. Some Italians plan to stay a week in Monterosso based on what free shows they can see or what kind of activities they can otherwise participate in. For most foreign tourists this entertainment is just a pleasant surprise! Here is the calendar of events for July that was meticulously  translated in to English by Hotel Punta Mesco.  There is everything from outdoor theatre events to kitsch cover bands and  cocktail tasting. . . hope to see you there!


Piano player in Via Roma
 
Monterosso Calendar of Events - JULY 2013

Events are FREE unless otherwise noted

Day
Date
Time
Location
Event
Mon
1
7pm
Old Town
"Long the Leaf, Wide the Road"...Storytelling through Dance & Movement by Barbara Viani
Friday
5
9:15pm
Il Gigante Beach in Fegina (New Town)
Theatrical Exhibition - "Storia di Tonle" - Pino Petruzzelli - Ipotesi Theatre
Sat
6
2:30pm
Pier in the Old Town
"To swim the seas of the world, for a world without borders and barriers" - A Special Swimming Competition
Sun
7
9:15pm
St. John the Baptist Church (Main Church in the Old Town)
CONCERT - Holy concert by the South Bocks Choral Society
 
 
Night
In the Old Town - Finishes at Piazza Garibaldi
Festival of the "Scemi" (Fools) - a local tradition consisting of a procession through town
Mon
8
9:15pm
Piazza Matteotti (Old Town)
LYRICAL CONCERT of the Royal Academy of Music of London
Tues
9
9:15pm
Pier in the Old Town
CONCERT - Guitar
Wed
10
9:15pm
Pier in the Old Town
CONCERT - Malawi
Fri
12
Starting at 5:00pm
Special cocktail stands in front of participating bars in the Old Town and New Town (Fegina)
APERESTATE - Summer cocktail event!  Buy your tickets in the Old Town.  Try different specialty cocktails!  Judging panel will name the "Best Cocktail".
Sat
13
9:15pm
Pier in the Old Town
Theatrical Exhibition - Elisabetta Granara - Group from the Campestre Theatre
Sunday
14
9:15pm
Pier in the Old Town
MUSIC from around the world
Mon
15
9:15pm
Piazza Matteotti (Old Town)
MUSICAL EVENING - "Music & Nature"
Tues
16
6pm
Piazza Garibaldi (Main Square in the Old Town)
Nature Trail Walk - "The Valley of the Morione"
 
16
9:15pm
Pier in the Old Town
19th Provincial Festival - "The Places of the Music" - in collaboration with the Province of La Spezia - THE MONDAY BIG BAND
Wed
17
9:15pm
Old Town
Theatrical Exhibition - "Love and..." - Company Amapola Monterosso
Friday
19
Evening
Old Town - various booths of local winemakers
2nd Edition of "Vinvagando" - LOCAL WINETASTING - Get your tickets and wineglass in the Old Town.
Sat
20
9:00pm
Piazza Garibaldi (Main Square in the Old Town)
Treasure Hunt!!!
Sun
21
9:30am
Pier in the Old Town
3rd Edition - Swimming Competition
Mon
22
6pm
Piazza Garibaldi (Main Square in the Old Town)
A Guided Walk - Percorso Montaliano
 
22
9:15pm
Marionettes Show - "The Seasons"
Tues
23
4:30pm
Old Town
Fishing Competition for Kids
Wed
24
9:15pm
Pier in the Old Town
THEATRICAL EXHIBITION - "Gigi's Notebook" - Officine Papage
Thurs
25
9:15pm
Pier in the Old Town
The Jukebox Man - Vittorio Bonetti in CONCERT
Fri
26
9:15pm
Pier in the Old Town
Dangerous Curves  FEMALE COVER BAND
Sat
27
9:20pm
Piazza Don Minzoni
CONCERT - "All Ages Quartet - of the Saloon Lounge"
Sunday
28
9:15pm
Outdoor Cinema in Fegina
The Lunar Theatre presents: "Sidewalk Songs"
Tues
30
9:15pm
Il Gigante Beach in Fegina
THEATRICAL EXHIBITION - "Antartica" - Silvia Montagini - Wave Theatre


Ballet dancers and narration in the square.