The colors of these buildings are coordinated by a "Commissioner of Good Taste" according to the travel guide Rick Steves. Can you imagine that? Be that as it may, Vernazza is one of my favorite subjects. This painting has a lot of texture, the greens and blues accent the warm yellows, oranges and reds.
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.