A Technicolor Recovery In Cinque Terre (PHOTOS)

01/17/2012 08:11 am ET | Updated Mar 18, 2012
  • Rick Steves Author of European travel guidebooks and host of travel shows on public television and public radio

On the morning of January 6th, 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.

As you page through these images, we'll use the captions to bring you up to date on Vernazza's recovery from the October 25th disaster -- and what you can do to help one of our favorite villages in Italy spring back to life.

Visit Vernazza this summer! It's the best contribution a traveler can make. Can't swing it? Then imagine what you might spend on a day-trip to Vernazza.

Donate that amount to Save Vernazza or

Either way, you'll be a hero.