On October 25, 2011, an unusually severe storm brought flash flooding and landslides to the Cinque Terre towns of Vernazza and Monterosso, filling the streets with rocks, mud, and debris up to 12 feet deep. Three people drowned in Vernazza and one in Monterosso.
On the morning of January 6, 2012, more than 50 artists descended on the damaged Cinque Terre town of Vernazza, armed with a vivid message of hope.
Organized by painter Antonio Barrani, their mission was called "Un Arcobaleno di Solidarietà per Vernazza" — A Rainbow of Solidarity for Vernazza. Each painter took a lifeless, boarded-up doorway along Via Roma and transformed it into a work of art. More than just decorating the Via Roma, this avenue of art is designed to inspire all who love Vernazza to play a role in her recovery. Follow me on Facebook!