Castello Doria, Vernazza
Castle Doria is hard to miss, perched as it is on a cliff directly above the southern end of the harbour. Only one tower and a few stone walls remain, but the views to be had here more than justify the bit of effort needed to climb the narrow lanes and steps to reach it, and the small fee (€1.50) charged for entry. Looking south you will spot Corniglia, the next village, perched on its hill-top, while in the opposite direction the views are of Vernazza itself and the terraced hills behind.
The main tower, sometimes referred to as Belforte, dates back to the mid 15th century, but there has been a fortification here since the 11th century. The castle’s present-day name comes from the ancient, wealthy and influential Doria family of Genoa, who built it to protect the village and surrounding area from marauding pirates.
Just above the harbour you will see Castello Doria, the castle of Vernazza. It was built by the Doria family, then one of the most important families in Vernazza. Do not miss to climb up the tower - you will be rewarded with the most spectacular views!
Entrance fee was 1 Euro in 2006, closing time 6 p.m.
The Doria castle built during the XIII century, now dominates the all town from its high location. Reaching the castle is possible leaving from Piazza Marconi and climbing up numerous steps, it is about 5 minuts long.The visit of the castle is not free, even if you have the 5 terre card, you are still supposed to pay 1 euro to enter the rock. By the way, both the climbing effort and the entering fee are definitly worth, as, once up there you get a great view on Vernazza and on the rest of the gulf.
This castle dominates the village in the southern part, with an impotent bastion and a cylindrical tower of quadrangular base, the Belforte. Doria Castle built in the 15th century to protect the village from pirates. From the tower is very beautiful view.