Last night it rained heavily. We awoke to waterfalls pouring down the mountainside outside the bedroom windows. The heavy rain also caused a landslide that happened at about 6am. It happened in between the two flowershops, near the Canneto bar on the main road running above the town.
Often we park our car here in the summer. Luckily we didn't last night. Unfortunately somebody else did...The road is closed until the area is declared safe and the mud is cleared up. Landslides are a part of life here, and it can happen that you go to visit someone in the next town and then find that you can't get back home. It can be very frustrating in the winter when there is no boat service, as the detour adds another 2 hours on your journey.
Many areas of the mountain above the road have been secured and wrapped in chicken wire over the last few years and part of the road towards Sorrento has even had a roof built over it to protect from falling rocks. But landslides still happen, usually in the most unexpected places.
Five years ago a very large piece of rock fell off the very top of the mountain. It smashed into smaller boulders that rolled down the valley, thankfully not anywhere near any houses. As you drive into town you can still see where the rock came away from. It is a different colour from the rest of the mountain, and if you walk up the side of it there is a huge crack where another piece is ready to fall.
A few years ago a friend was driving to Sorrento when a boulder came loose, tumbled down the mountain and knocked him off his motorbike. He was badly hurt and spent months in hospital. Thankfully he made a full recovery and still makes that journey every day.
Luckily no one was hurt this morning, someone doesn't have a car anymore but surely that is a small price to pay.