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Blue and red boats bob in the harbor in front of crimson, gold and orange waterfront buildings in the charming town of Vernazza Italy. Vernazza is one of the towns of the Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera. This original painting is executed in a brisk manner, indicating the vitality of this beautiful part of the world.

Painting of Italy Beach scene at Vernazza, Cinque Terre, french and italian riviera, Italy R W Bob Goetting Painting of Italy
Beach at Vernazza
Acrylic on canvas

The first records recognizing Vernazza as a fortified town date to 1080. Referred to as an active maritime base of the Obertenghi, a family of Italian nobility, it was a likely point of departure for naval forces in defence of pirates.

Over the next two centuries, Vernazza was vital in Genova's conquest of Liguria, providing port, fleet, and soldiers. In 1209, approximately 90 of the most powerful families of Vernazza pledged their allegiance to the republic of Genova.