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Donating to help the flood-ravaged towns in Tuscany and Liguria

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It occurs to me that some people don't realize that in addition to the floods and mud-slides that inundated le Cinque Terre and other parts of Liguria, there were a number of small and beautiful Tuscan hilltowns that were devastated by the flooding.

Principally these are towns along the centuries-old pilgrims route from Canterbury to Rome known as the via Francigena, the section that runs between Pontremoli and Massa-Carrara. This is an exceptionally beautiful and silent part of Tuscany that has the dramatic, marble-topped mountains of Carrara for a backdrop. Called the Lunigiana, it has a long rich history, including the development of Italy's earliest pastas, and earliest printing presses, and the hilltowns within are priceless gems.

It is possible to make a direct donation to the Italian Red Cross to help these towns recover and repair. Even if you have never visited these places, they are an integral part of Tuscany and Italian history (including being one of the very strongest and most effective points of resistance against the Nazi occupation of Itay).

Any donation you make will aid le Cinque Terre and these other less famous areas too.

When you use the website, make sure you use the drop-down menu to specify that you with your contribution to go to EMERGENCY TUSCANY AND LIGURIA