Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Color of Italy

Our last post was light in the visual inspiration department so this week we have a color extravaganza for you, all the way from Italy.  Cinque Terre is a small stretch of Italian Rivera between Genoa and Florence. The rugged coast line is dotted with 5 little fishing villages clinging to cliffs over the Mediterranean.

Terraced over centuries the village buildings now cluster together at the very cliff edge over looking rippling blue waters. The area has been named a World Heritage site and is protected as an Italian National Park.

One essential charm of Cinque Terre or "Five Hills" is the purposeful lack of development. Its glow lacks the neon and flash of large cities around the world and instead shines with hand painted color and old world tradition. These villages have maintained their brightly colored orange, yellow, pink and blue buildings in proud fashion. Their commitment to color has even led to  clusters of rainbow umbrellas huddled together  looking out and a flotilla of colorful boats sitting in the teal Mediterranean waters.

- Emily Eifler, Writer, Colour Studio
- Jill Pilaroscia, Principal, Colour Studio

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