village in color

My last visit to Vernazza was on a hike just a month prior to the flooding. I was afraid of what I would find on my recent return. This village, the favorite of Rick Steves, was devastated, it’s famously picturesque port completely buried. Just recently life has returned to Vernazza, still not nearly back to it’s glory. Much rebuilding remains in the months ahead.

What I was most pleasantly surprised to find were the painted doors. On January 6th, 50 artists were invited to paint one of the many boarded up doors, a mission called “Un Arcobaleno di Solidarietà per Vernazza” — A Rainbow of Solidarity for Vernazza. To bring hope back to this shattered village. In the spirit of community, and art.

A last look from above as the sun set through the clouds, Monterosso far off in the distance. A view that could leave you breathless. And certain that this village will rise again.

For more on aid and progress of Vernazza click here.

17 thoughts on “village in color

  1. What a gorgeous project. I saw an incredible documentary on Report Rai in Italy on the floods, the town was almost washed away and thousands of tonnes of dirt covered the beaches. Devastating and frightening to watch. Thanks for sharing this lovely pic.. Carla

  2. Hope and resolve turns a devastating tragedy into a positive force. The doors are so cheerful and what a grand way to brighten up the boarded up homes. Thank you for sharing this story and photos.

    • I’ve seen this view (and others equally incredible from this part of the world) many times and I’m still left breathless.

  3. Art can bring back life in places that have been destroyed and not just by nature. I have seen spots in neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area that have been renewed after artists have come in and shared their work.

    • Art can do so much good! Even just this little bit of color brought life back to a devastated village, magical.

      Great to hear that San Francisco too is taking artful action!

  4. What fun doors! Thank you for sharing. Is that a beheaded statue next to the last one (the door with the dancing girls in orange dresses)?

    Hope you’re eating well there! I imagine you are. xx

    • Aren’t the doors wonderful? Hmmm, I don’t think that’s a beheaded girl, perhaps a slip of the paintbrush 😉

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