The small fishing village Vernazza is probably the most characteristic of the Cinque Terre and is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
Vernazza was founded about 1000 A.D. and was ruled by the Republic of Genoa starting in 1276. The medieval castle, Belforte, was built in the mid-1500's, primarily to protect the village from pirates.
An ideal way to arrive to this breathtaking village is by sea. The tiny port is surrounded by subtle colourful pastels and the charming piazza is lined with good restaurants and bars.
Where to stay in Vernazza
There are some really romantic guesthouses in the center of the village with an amazing view over the main square and the colourful small harbour. There are only a couple of small hotels in Vernazza and we have listed the best for you: Hotels in Vernazza.
If you are travelling with family or a group of friends renting an apartment in Vernazza can be a better option.
Where to eat in Vernazza
In Vernazza you will find a wide range of restaurants, from shops selling street food pasta to exclusive gourmet restaurants offering great dining options. Here are our favorites: Best restaurants in Vernazza.
Hiking from Vernazza to Monterosso
Vernazza, in the heart of Cinque Terre, is the perfect starting point for hikes along the Blue Trail connecting Vernazza with Monterosso and Corniglia. Just remember, admission to these two trails requires the purchase of the Cinque Terre Card. On the following page you will find updated information about all open hiking trails: Cinque Terre trails.
Things to visit in Vernazza
• The Church of Santa Margherita di Antiochia, built on the rocks overlooking the sea
• The Tower of the Doria Castle, built in the 15th century to protect the village from pirates, is located above the bay and the small port of Vernazza.
Events in Vernazza
• 20 July, Feast Santa Margherita di Antiochia
• The Feast of Pirates (no precise date).
• Weekly Farmers' Market in Vernazza every Tuesday morning.
How to get to Vernazza
Please refer to Cinque Terre, getting there
Map of Vernazza