Two nights ago, due to the constant rain we've had the past few weeks, a sudden landslide brought paradiso crumbling down to the ground below, in front of the entrance to the tunnel. Devastating not only for the loss of this important spot, but because of the necessary work to rebuild and stabilize the ground above, this landslide has rendered the street separating the Old Town and Fegina unusable, effectively separating the two parts of an already tiny village. Work started immediately, but it will take a matter of weeks before the land can be considered stable and the street safe for people to use. The town has a green bus that can be accessed in the piazza in Via Fegina to bring people to the Old Town and vice versa, as well as a small boat service (weather dependent) that brings people back and forth from the Old Town harbor to the Circolo Velico, the area behind the statue of the Giant in the New Town.
Rebuld Monterosso has all the information for tourists arriving on the train who need to get to the Old Town where they have booked hotels, or anyone looking to visit the historic town center, as well as anyone in the Old Town arriving by ferry who needs to get to the Fegina side and the train station. Also, Kate Little, another American living in the area, has great information about other hiking trails in the area that can be accessed in Monterosso through her blog Little Paradiso, since the Blue Coastal trail is still closed undergoing work.
Floods, blizzards, earthquakes and a landslide or two just prove that Monterosso is one tough little village with a lot of heart. Those coming to visit in the next week or two be assured that many things are still opening up regardless (restaurants, bars, and so forth) and it is business as usual here, though it might take you a little longer to get from one side to the next.