Vernazza, no doubt the most pretty of the five Cinque Terre small towns, nests at the back of a rocky cliff in a depression in the valley near the sea. A piazza with colorful houses spreads onto the small harbor. In 1182 Vernazza battled on the Genoese side against Pisa. A few areas of the old Genoese fortifications, walls, and a round tower have been maintained.
Cinque Terre: Vernazza
Vernazza apartment in Cinque Terre Italy
Today the medieval village of Vernazza, with its magical and mystifying back streets enclosed by the colorful houses is a top Italy destination for travelers from all over the world.
Vernazza features a long old maritime tradition and a splendid past of sailors and mercenary leaders. Vernazza is categorized as one of the most pleasant settlements in Italy.
Vernazza is to many the favorite of the five villages that comprise Cinque Terre (literally five lands) on the Italian Riviera. The track leads down past stone houses colored in lively chromaticities that contrast starkly with black volcanic rocks on which they perch. In Vernazza the road broadens, becoming a series of cobblestone paved lanes wide enough for a car, but built only to carry boats that are got out onto the streets during stormy weather.
Vernazza is perhaps the most beautiful towns of the Cinque Terre in Italy. It is the fourth town leading north into the Cinque Terre area. Vernazza is very narrow; straight paths descend towards the main road which leads onto a small square located facing the small port. At the city district, outdoor restaurants ring a central square, leading to the small but comfortable beach. Its small size is not daunting to Italians, who gladly extended towels upon craggy black boulders at the water’s edge when every particle of sand is taken.
Vernazza remains one of the truest “fishing villages” on the Italian Riviera.
Vernazza has the only proper harbor in the Cinque Terre and is a marvelous, small fishing village. The hike northeast from Vernazza to Monterosso produces indelible memories of fantastically beautiful cliffs and seascapes. The hike takes about 90 minutes each way, but you can hike one way and return on the train. You can get to Cinque Terre and Vernazza, where you have many apartments and accommodation in hotel’s room, from Levanto by train or by car, and during the summer season also by boat, using a daily ferry service that connects Levanto with Vernazza and the others Cinque Terre towns.