Its bell is gone but somehow the tower along the main road through Amatrice survived the magnitude 6.2 earthquake that hit central Italy early Wednesday morning. At least 267 souls perished. Some of these mountain villages hit may never revive.In “Some Villages in Italy May Never Recover from Earthquake,” the New York Times portrays a depressing vision of the future. The Times shows some devastating photos in “Italian Towns Before and After the Earthquake.” It is understandable that the initial reaction to ghastly death and destruction is dire, but Italy has suffered earthquakes for centuries and the peninsula is not today one boot-long string of unrepaired devastation. There are in Italy villages abandoned for various reasons (see my post “Craco, abandoned in 1963“), but quite clearly there are villages that pulled themselves up, rebuilt, and continued to create their histories. I hope some of these villages hit in Wednesday’s quake will show that spirit of never-say-die, as did the tower in Amatrice, and in that assurance I here post some old photos of that town by way of inspiration.