The popular Cinque Terre region in northwest Italy is a favourite destination for many Busabout travellers. The picturesque town of Vernazza, which sits in the middle of the Cinque Terre National Park, was hit by a devastating storm in 2011. The destructive storm caused flooding and landslides, burying Vernazza in more than 13 feet of mud and debris.
Vernazza, Italy was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Its surrounding region, the Cinque Terre, attracts 2.5 million visitors annually
The 2011 flooding and mudslides caused more than €100 million in damage. By supporting the tireless work of the non-profit organisation, Save Vernazza, Busabout and TreadRight assisted with the rebuilding and restoring efforts in order to ensure Vernazza and surrounding areas will be enjoyed by the community and its visitors for years to come.
Save Vernazza works with TreadRight and Busabout to provide direct assistance to the local community and to promote sustainable tourism.
The funds raised are dedicated to maintaining, resorting and rebuilding dry stone walling in the region, as well as recuperating abandoned land and sustaining the program’s operations.
Save Vernazza helped to build new bases for stonewalls, restore abandoned land, cultivate vineyards and olive groves as well as reconstruct hiking and agricultural trails. Maintaining the territory is critical to avoid further erosion and prevent additional landslides.