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Ok, to be honest I didn't climb up to the Belforte because my wife, who was with me, had a very bad knee injury just a few days before our departure. We almost postponed this trip but her decision was to go, no matter pains she gad. I didn't want to leave her alone and it is the reason why have missed spectacular arial views from both sides of Vernazza.
I will revisit this area again, have no doubts about it.
Updated Jun 7, 2012
The architecture of a coastal settlements of Mediterranean is in particularly interesting. If the terrain is hilly, then almost every village has a settlement on the hill, which is usually older by age, and one along the sea. The upper and lower village are usually associated by narrow paths or long stairs if the terrain is very steep.
Except the train, there are a few passages and stairs which connecting lower Vernazza with the outer world.
Updated Jun 7, 2012
The village of Vernazza was founded by people who are descended from the hills Reggio. The future settlement must have secured a source of water and they find a stream here, which is also called Vernazza. The houses are built along the creek and the rocky slopes that hides the village from those who were approaching from the sea.
This is the rest of the arch bridge that was built in the Middle Ages.
Updated Jun 7, 2012
In the Middle Ages, the western coast of Apennine peninsula was exposed to constant attacks of North African pirates. These attacks were especially directed towards, at that time, rich Republic of Genoa and Vernazza was part of that republic. Doria castle was built in the 15th century as a lookout tower to protect the village from attacks of pirates.
Updated Jun 7, 2012
Small fishermen's villages in Mediterranean area are usually constructed in a shape of bunch of grapes, no matter if in Italy, Greece, Croatia or Spain. Such a villages are determined by the port, which must be well protected from the northern winds and sea water which has to be deep enough for a small ships. Fact is, not many such a bays could be find in the coastal area. It is why space at the shore is usually too small and pretty valuable forcing people to construct the houses one very close to another. Thats the reson why Vernazza has carruggi, short and very narrow streets.
Updated Feb 16, 2012
At first I wasn't sure which place is so relativelly close to Monterosso al Mare, but then the Italian guide told me it's Vernazza. Actually, there are only three kilometres distance between this two places and it takes two hours of time to get from Monterosso to Vernazza by footpath.
I've took this pictures with long camera lens.
Written Sep 27, 2011
Here is an experience I will never forget: We hiked from Vernazza all the way east to Riomaggiore. From there we took a train all the way west to Monterosso Al Mare. From Monterosso we hiked east back to Vernazza, which though it is only the next village over, was a fairly rigourous 2 hour hike. But here's the kicker...we timed it perfectly with the sunset. If you play your cards right you will have the most astonishing tapestry of coastline and colors ever conceived by man. Every second was like a whole new experience of colors and scenery. Just look at the handful of pictures from this one two hour hike.
Written Aug 1, 2008
Most people stick to the coastal trails. However, since the Cinque Terre card lets you use the green buses, another option is to take the green bus from Vernazza up to San Bernadino(head uphill past the train station a hundred meters or so til you see the parking lot and the post office...this is where the bus stop is). The trip takes about 20 minutes but it's a spectacular drive. One you get to San Bernadino, there are fabulous views of Corniglia and Manarola. The people are also really nice (as they don't get all that many tourists). There is a little cafe where you can get a beer, soda, snack food before heading out on the trail to Vernazza (approx. 1 hour). The beauty of this trail is that it's all downhill so it's not that difficult. Plus, you have really nice views of Vernazza most of the way down. We were there in high season and didn't see one person on this trail.
Written Aug 26, 2007
As you are making your way between the towns, the hike from the third to the second (if you are traveling North to South) can be a bit tedious and tiring, especially when it is warm outside. We found a wonderful place to stop, it is a little house/cafe hung gracefully on the ledge with an amazing view of the ocean and the next time (so you can use the excuse of a great photo opportunity for the stop as well). When we entered the little shop, we were greeted with a friendly smile and a freshly (we literally watched him do it) squeezed cup of blood orange juice. It was amazingly refreshing and just what we needed.
Written Jul 20, 2007
We didn't want to hike the whole of the CT and decided to hike from our home base (Vernazza) to Corniglia and it was spectacular... beautiful views of the ocean... the pathway on which you hike are ancient and very worn but beautiful (and I felt very safe)... I took numerous photos of the pathway and the views. I loved the views coming into Corniglia a wonderful small city on a hill. If you don't have time to hike all of the CT this would be a good hike for you... If I remember correctly it took us about 2.5 hours at a very leisurely pace. You'll see a few vineyards and walk thru a few olive groves.... It does my heart good just to think about it. We are not in that great of shape and it was no problem... there are some up hills but it was still so lovely. We were there in late march of 03.
Updated Feb 2, 2006
1 Review and 122 Opinions As with most accommodation in Vernazza, La Mala is accessed by many steep steps. Be rest assured...