Vernazza, Italy is a home away from home fore me because of my research there. On October 25, 2011, torrential flood caused unprecedented landslides along the coast of the Cinque Terre and buried this picturesque town under three meters of mud and debris. This photo was taken in July of 2012 as I hiked along the trail of the Parco Nationale Delle Cinque Terre. The seaside facade is wiped of all signs of the disaster but the village itself needs a major infrastructural overhaul and the agricultural landscape still bares the scars of these landslides. I will be writing future posts on the history of “heroic agriculture” in the Cinque Terre, the wine making tradition then and now, and how you can help by traveling slowly and savoring the region.