On August 24th 2016 a powerful earthquake struck Central Italy by surprise during the middle of the night at 03:36, causing around 300 victims and devastating entire towns in the regions Marche, Umbria, Abruzzo and Lazio. The municipality of Amatrice, containing one of Italy’s most beautiful towns, has become the symbol of the earthquake. Here, the earthquake had the biggest impact by taking the life of 234 people and devastating most of its towns. Today, more than three years after the earthquake, the area still resembles a war zone. The current focus is on rebuilding what was there: a process that will take a long time and makes that the current temporary state risks of becoming permanent. An integrated spatial strategy for the future of Amatrice is not envisioned. A hands-on ‘Disaster Landscape Recovery’ (DLR) framework including general design principles could give input to the recovery process in post-quake landscapes such as Amatrice.