The Giglio inhabitants burst into long applause when, shortly after 4 a.m. on Tuesday, a foghorn wailed on the harbor signaling that the Concordia was finally brought upright.
Now, with the prospect of housing the refloated wreck for several months (at least until spring 2014 when the ship will be towed away to be dismantled in an unnamed port), many residents find the sight almost unbearable.
"The starboard side gives me such anguish that I prefer to think it was made of cardboard for some movie studio. But it's no fiction, unfortunately," Silvia Mauro a resident of Giglio Porto, told Discovery News.
Clearly visible on the 950-foot long dark side of the ship are large, caved in marks left by the two spurs of rock where the ship has rested since it capsized.
The decks of once luxurious cabins now appear compressed and flattened, with streams of rust. Ripped curtains hang from twisted windows, forming disquieting silhouettes as they wave in the wind.
"It looks like a Beirut bombed building," Angelo Gabrielli, a resident at Giglio Castello, told Discovery News.
Ironically, there is no lack of light on the dark side of the Concordia. Neon-like lamps are still on the walkways of the decks, as are the disco lights on the upper deck.
The most photographed sight, the blue words "Costa Concordia" on the capsized hull, has now disappeared. To raise the Concordia with her dark side, the symbol of the disaster is now submerged and faces the ocean floor.