Vernazza, the beach originated by the flood
The catastrophic rains of October 25, 2011 have left not only mud and destruction, but also created a large new beach.
October 25, 2011 is a day that in Vernazza – as in all of the Vara Valley, Val di Magra and in La Spezia – no one will forget: six hours of heavy rain poured over half a meter of water on the ground; in the area of La Spezia, the rivers Magra and Vara overflew and many towns were put in danger by a tragic flood that caused 13 victims and millions of euros in damages.
Vernazza was one of the places that was hit hardest by the fury of the storm, but also one of the few in which that tragic day did not only leave signs of destruction: the debris carried out to the sea by the water that turned the streets into rivers, formed a large new beach at the very bottom of the village.
After the fear, Vernazza discovers its beach …
Right after the immediate emergency, as the town was still covered in the mud, the inhabitants of Vernazza looked around and realised that under the ancient wardtower now stood a large new beach.
In the first months after the flood, when people were displaced from the village and hard work was going on to return to a sort of of normality, the small beach next to the main Vernazza square became the headquarter of new projects already under way: for example the idea of cleaning up the new beach to leave it free for use by tourists and locals.
The project acquired consent and got completed: the stretch of sand and pebbles was cleared from waste and actually became the second (and largest) beach in Vernazza, exposed to the sunlight for a long daytime and offering a great point of view on the pearl of the Cinque Terre (according to some it would be by the way a return to the origins, because the flood recreated a beach that apparently was there decades ago and was then swallowed up by the sea).
How to reach the beach of Vernazza …
And so, now, Vernazza has two beaches: the first one, very small, in the village square, at the end of the main Street; the other one, more spacious and recently reached by a passage that opens up from the same road (from the station down to the sea, you will find an arch opening a passage on the left. Slip into it and you’ll be surprised!).
Except those of Monterosso, Vernazza has one of the most spacious beach that you can reach without any effort from one of the Cinque Terre villages. Impressive just for this reason alone, the sandy shore acquires even more charm when you discover its story.
The featured image was taken from the source focus.it
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