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.

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17 Comments

  1. ParisienSalon April 23, 2012

    Now that’s creative!

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  2. Wow the doors are AMAZING!!!

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  3. Samantha Vérant April 26, 2012

    Lovely! And I love the door with the little girl. So sweet!

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    • Kasia May 3, 2012

      These are a selection of my favorites.

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  4. carla coulson April 26, 2012

    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

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    • Kasia May 3, 2012

      We must meet and speak about Italy… soon!

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  5. Virginia April 26, 2012

    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.
    V

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    • Kasia May 3, 2012

      Happy to share it. Hope you will make it to this part of the world to see the beauty for yourself!

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  6. Sur les pavés de Paris April 28, 2012

    The last picture left me breathless, amazing view !

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    • Kasia May 3, 2012

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

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  7. Andi April 29, 2012

    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.

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    • Kasia May 3, 2012

      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!

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  8. Dane April 29, 2012

    Wow, what lovely photos and an amazing view!

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  9. Daisy de Plume May 1, 2012

    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

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    • Kasia May 3, 2012

      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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  10. Erica - HiP Paris May 16, 2012

    I need to go there now. I think we will, in fact! Thanks for sharing….

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