Walking among the 49 heritage site of UNESCO in Italy, it’s possible to meet the village of Vernazza. Unfortunately this beautiful landscape, in the heart of “ Cinque terre”, has been destroyed in 2012, by a storm.
Therefore, the problem is to give back Vernazza to its tourists. Don’t worry, There is Richard Rogers! Last year, the Paris’s centre Pompidou architect donated his project “The Renaissance of Vernazza” to the village. Then, Mayor Vincenzo Resasco and the ONLUS Save Vernazza invited Rogers to present his feasibility study for the “regeneration of the village”. The project, realized with Renzo Piano, rest on a study of the Vernazza’s past. The spaces are thought to upgrade the old town centre, but achievement can be certain only with a fundraising partnership between private and public sectors, because the plan requires to be realized 2,5 millions of euro.
Conserving and restoring Vernazza is vital for the future of the village, that’s the reason why volunteers from all over the world comes to Vernazza to take a guided trip into the heart of the village, surveying the damage for themselves and work at the site with local residents, clearing land, cultivating vineyards and orchards, maintaining Vernazza’s trail system.
The renaissance project will allow Vernazza to gain a new lease of life and to show to the world her simple, but wonderful character.