One small harbor
Favorite thing: Via Roma, the main street, ending at Piazza Marconi and beautiful small harbor of Vernazza. It is undoubtelly the most attractive part of the village and the whole of Cinque Terre National Park. The harbor is well protected by the surrounding buildings and Molo, pier construction to protect against heavy seas.
By the end of October 2011, only two months after my visiting, Vernazza was struck by torrential rains, massive flooding and mud slides, that left small town buried in over four meters of mud and debris.
Paint your house
Favorite thing: Vernazza is derived from the Latin adjective "verna", meaning native. First records mentioning Vernazza in 1080 as an maritime base of the Obertenghi, Genovese noble family. In medieval times Vernazza was focused in its defence against pirates raids from the Northen Africa. From the beginning of the 17th century Vernazza suffered period of decline that negatively affected wine production. The stagnation lasted up to the beginning of the 19th century when the village returned to the wine production, enlarging and creating new terraced hillsides.
In 1997 Cinque Terre was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and National Park of the area was born in 1999. The main source of revenue for ernazza is tourism plus wine and olive production.
Vernazza is quaint tiny place with a population of about 1000.
Favorite thing: Such a small place as Vernazza is could have one square only and it is the real heart and soul of the village. It is called Piazza Marconi and looks spectacular. Piazza Marconi is rather small but very charming site, filled with small restaurants and cafe-bars. The square is closed by fairly high buildings all painted in vivid colours, except the part where small harbor is situated.
Piazza Marconi and small harbor is definatelly the most attractive part of the village and real emblem of Vernazza.
Favorite thing: There is only one street in Vernazza, taking visitors from the railway station down to the small harbor. Left and right of it is network of so-called caruggi, short, narrow and steep streets or stairways, leading up on the surrounding hills.
The main street is usually very crowded by the daily visitors. It is full of shops, cafe-bars and small restaurants. The ambent around is busy and pretty much hectic.
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Favorite thing: A big effort has been made in the CINQUE TERRE to recover what was buried under meters of mud.
Here there is an interesting passage, with a significant title: - From Floods to Flowers -
Here there are current photos and videos of Vernazza, updated regularly so you can see they are making progress
About trekking paths, you might need to get a look at this updated map
About your first question Maurizio . . . I don’t know : )
Enjoy your vacation in that wonderful corner of Italy!
Favorite thing: Monterosso is the northernmost and largest village of the Cinque Terre. It has the best sandy beaches and the most shops and accomodation.
The village consists of two parts which are linked by a tunnel. The coastal path between Monterosso and Vernazza is in my humble opinion the most scenic and the most demanding part of the 4 paths.
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Favorite thing: The quaint village of Vernazza is probably the "Pearl of the Cinque Terre". It is located in a spectacular bay with a natural stone pier and harbour.
The medieval church and the narrow alleyways just create the typical coastal village atmosphere. Both coastal paths to Corniglia and Monterosso are physically demanding.
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Favorite thing: When arriving from La Spezia, then Riomaggiore is the first village of the Cinque Terre. It is named after the river "Rivus Major" that crosses the small fishing village.
From the train station the lovely village is located to the south, whereas the paved coastal path "Via dell' Amore" which leads to Manarola starts north of the train station.
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The Cinque Terre Card
Favorite thing: The Cinque Terre Card is your entrance card for the hiking path #2 from Monterosso al Mare to Riomaggiore (and/or vice versa). It also includes all trainrides between La Spezia and Levanto for the period of validity, which is either 1, 3 or 7 days.
In 2006 the rates were as follows:
- Eur 5.20 (1 day )
- Eur 12.40 (3 days)
- Eur 19.50 (7 days)
The tickets can be obtained at the entrances of the hiking paths or at the local tourist offices or train stations. You get some very useful information along with it!
Favorite thing: If you would like to read more about Vernazza, here are some helpful links:
Aerial view of Vernazza
VT Vernazza pages
UNESCO World Heritage
Favorite thing: The whole Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Please read what the committee wrote about their decision:
"The Ligurian coast between Cinque Terre and Portovenere is a cultural landscape of great scenic and cultural value. The layout and disposition of the small towns and the shaping of the surrounding landscape, overcoming the disadvantages of a steep, uneven terrain, encapsulate the continuous history of human settlement in this region over the past millennium."
Fondest memory: The views from our terrazza and the adventurous birthday cake story!!!
Don't miss it!
Favorite thing: The Cinque Terre is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.
The villages are gorgeous, the views breathtaking and the energetic hikes give you a great excuse to eat plenty of gelato!!
Make time in your next trip to Italy to visit this magical place.
Fondest memory: Vernazza is my favourite of the 5 towns...just have a drink by the harbour at sunset and you will see why.
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Mountaintop cat reserve
Favorite thing: Although I found this strange, I had to put it in the site because of the great cause that it stands for. On the hikes from Vernazza to Monterosso and Corniglia to Vernazza, there are donation boxes to provide food for a big group of cats that live in the mountains. They seem like regular housecats and interacted with me like the standard tabby.
Be sure to leave a Euro up there so that they can continue to be fed.
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Favorite thing: One of the more interesting things about Vernazza is the amount of dogs and cats that roam the streets. These are not stray animals, but people's pets that hang out in the sun and in the vineyards all day before going home at night. The entire town takes care of them and in a way are owned by all that live there. They are all healthy and clean, making it a pleasure to be around them.
Fondest memory: The views from above this town on the Via delle amore is what makes this town completely worth the trip. Not to mention the resturants, people and general secluded atmosphere.
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Favorite thing: Maybe the most beautiful time to visit Cinque Terre is May - it is warm like summer already, but not too hot yet, and there is this wonderful spring vegetation, lots of beautiful colourful flowers everywhere, especially if you take a stroll along one of the many hiking trails, say, the Love Path - La Via dell'Amore ;)