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Liguria - Giving something back
Italy's economy is not the strongest and supporting local producers is a great way to contribute © Yulia Grigoryeva, Shutterstock
It is good to give something back when you travel and that’s hard to do in a sophisticated Western country. Italy’s economy is not strong and simply by coming and spending your money here you are helping.
Devastating floods caused widespread destruction in the autumn of 2011 in the Cinque Terre and the hinterland. Many of the villages that were affected received no government aid despite promises. Reconstruction has been carried out, but paid for by people who are already suffering from rising taxes.
Be sure to support local producers. One way of doing this is by looking for the Slow Food label on products and for restaurants associated with the movement.