Vernazza Travel Guide

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Vernazza Things to Do

  • Chiesa di Santa Margherita d'Antiochia

    As the legend goes, long, long ago a chest containing the finger bones of St. Margaret of Antioch washed up on the rocks in Vernazza’s harbor. I'll admit to some skepticism about this miraculous event ‘cause I’m not really sure how they knew who the waterlogged digits belonged to, plus various bits of her - or rumored to be her bits, anyway - now...

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  • Hiking

    A camera and a sturdy pair of shoes are all you really need to keep you busy in Vernazza. There are a few small shops to browse and ristorantes for kicking back with a glass of wine but pottering up and down the hills and steep, narrow little streets is what it’s really all about. Here and there you’ll find remnants of medieval structures that...

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  • Castello Doria

    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.

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Vernazza Hotels

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  • Camere Giuliano

    Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Maria Capellini Rooms

    Piazza Marconi 26, Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • La Mala

    As with most accommodation in Vernazza, La Mala is accessed by many steep steps. Be rest assured...

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Vernazza Restaurants

  • La Lanterna in Riomaggiore

    5 out of 5 stars

    This was the best food we ate during a four week trip in Italy! This small restaurant is over looking Riomaggiore harbour, a couple of minutes walk from the train station. The friendly owner is flamboyant and multi-lingual, making all feel welcome. Try to get a table on the balcony. We ate there 2 days in a row on our first trip and went back...

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  • fishermans dishes

    Gambero Rosso is typical Italian seafood restaurant which offers very relaxing atmosphere in a simple but attractive ambient. Anybody is welcome and could feel very comfortable wheter wearing taxido or simple jeans and t-shirt. The name of the restaurant is indicating what one could expecting here; fresh seafood, typical local cuisine and delicious...

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  • Dinner by the Harbour (Breakfast...

    Trattoria Gianni Franzi is a busy restaurant located in Piazza Marconi, by the harbour in Vernazza.It serves a good range of the local Cinque Terre style cuisine - plenty of fish and pasta dishes.They are also open for breakfast - you can stand insde at the small bar and have excellent coffee and a croissant or similar pastry for a couple of euros...

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Vernazza Nightlife

  • Unwind by the Sea - Baja Saracena

    The bar/cafe on the point in Vernazza is a great place to relax and unwind after a hard day of hiking.It is a meeting place for locals and tourists to catch up on the events of the day, try some of the Cinque Terre wines and do a bit of people watching - not to mention watching another of those beautiful sunsets!As of Sep 2007, we have visited...

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  • Illuminated Vernazza

    In the evenings it is just nice to enjoy illuminated Vernazza. The castle, the church, Piazza Marconi and the streets are illuminated and that warm yellowish light gives it a special touch! Be sure to have a sweater with you, because once the sun is away it gets kind of cold!

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  • Oh, these sunsets!

    Now if you want to see something really romantic - how about a sunset over Vernazza? We were lucky to have this fantastic terrazza to our room, so this wasa true highlight!! But have a look at the pictures yourself!

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Vernazza Transportation

  • walking

    The area of Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre is relatively small and yet, one day trip isn't enough even to get an idea about it, especially if your agent has "run and gun" idea of visiting the park. The walking trail in between Riomaggiore and Monterosso al Mare is 9km long and it takes about 5 hours. The longest single distance is 4km and it's...

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  • CT by Sea

    From approximately the beginning of April to the end of October, ferries are an alternate way of reaching most of the Cinque Terre villages and many others along the Ligurian coast including Portofino, Levanto and La Spezia. They’re not as fast or as inexpensive as the local train but are a nice way to get a different perspective of the cliffs,...

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  • Cinque Terre Train

    Special local train departing from La Spezia is the only possible way to get to Cinque Terre. It is very fast train but travelling underground most of the time. Too bad because scenic moments are very short and almost impossible to take any good picture. Good news is, travelling from La Spezia is very short in time.AVERAGE DURATION OF TRAIN...

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Vernazza Shopping

  • Hand Made in Vernazza, Italy

    La Buatta is a beautiful little shop, a gem in the heart of Vernazza and the Cinue Terre. It feels like a new found treasure when you walk in with beautiful colors and so much to see in such a small place, from hand made bowls,water jugs, olive oil sets and jewellery all made in Italy, to a very unique and beautiful t shirt. If you are looking for...

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  • Not much to buy

    There are not many shops in Vernazza, actually there are only few of them. Usual souvenier shops with very poor offer, postcards and more postcards or derocated magnets for your frigo at home. Look strange but I couldn't find any authentic souvenier. To those who didn't know it, famous "pesto" sauce was invented here in Cinque Terre and buying it...

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  • Not exactly a shopping tip, but...

    Vernazza is perhaps not a town where people go to do their shopping, but it does have several quaint little stores that may catch your fancy. My main reason for posting this tip was a need for someplace to put this photo of a young married impatiently waiting for his bride to come out of this little woolen goods boutique. After 36 years of marriage...

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Vernazza Local Customs

  • Fishermen village

    Vernazza used to be fishermen village, its structure and the port clearly indicating about it, but to me it seems that the profession is gone long ago. I was born in the fishing village and I know what I'm talking about, the smell of fish which is so specific is strongly missing here. This scent is drawn into every pore, every street or house and...

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  • Terra di Sciacchetra wine

    Steep slopes above Vernazza are used to cultivate wine. The slope is exposed to a strong sunlight which makes grapes to be extremelly rich with a sugar and suitable for making dessert wines. The most famous local brand of wines is Sciacchetra. It is sweet white "passito", a wine made from dried grapes with strong flavour. Concentration of natural...

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  • The big laundry day

    It was beautiful sunny day and pretty hot, almost ideal for drying laundry, not surprising that local housewives took advantage of it for washing. Almost every building had something to show up.

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Vernazza Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't slip!

    If you are planning on walking between the villages on the Cinque Terre, then take care!!Some of the paths are pretty narrow, and along the edge of a cliff..... A lot of walkers carry large sticks with them to assist with climbing and helping to stop any slips and falls.Just ensure you have sensible walking shoes and take it easy - it is not a...

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  • The weather is not always clear blue...

    This is not really a danger or a warning rather one of those things you see when you travel that could have gone very differently. In Vernazza October 2003 the weather turned bad. We had completed walking to four of the five villages and were lucky but not as lucky as the man in this photograph. He some how turned and ran and the wave that is about...

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  • Don't stay near the train station!

    When looking for accommodation in Vernazza I highly recommend that you try to find something as far away from the train station as possible - close to the harbour is better.Vernazza is only a small town and the noise from the train station is REALLY loud at times and could drive you crazy.....though that said, the trains do not run all night, but...

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Vernazza Tourist Traps

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    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 23, 2011

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    The coastal path between Riomaggiore and Manarola is called Via dell' Amore (Lover's Lane) and seems to be the most famous part of the footpaths between the 5 villages.

    The path is just a wide paved trail, which can be walked in heels. Don't get me wrong, it really offers amazing views of the coastline. But to be honest, I expected a more natural stony path that I later found between Monterosso and Vernazza.

    Via dell' Amore
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Vernazza What to Pack

  • Free Cinque Terre Brochures

    Each of the 5 Cinque Terre villages has its own Tourist Information Office. Most of them are located just near the train station. They offer all kinds of free brochures and sell tourist souvenirs. Just make sure to pick up at least one of the more detailed brochures with a map of the Cinque Terre and some useful information.

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  • Pack your walking shoes!

    Don't forget to pack some shoes suitable for walking/hiking along the cliffs between the towns on the Cinque Terre.When we were walking, we saw one lady in high heels about to set off.....we advised her to turn back! A camera is a must. The coastline is spectacular. Digital is best - that way there is no limit to the number of photos you take!!

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  • Packing List

    You might want to pack light - including a small suitcase or backpack! Remember that there are lots of steps and narrow streets in Vernazza and it is hell having to carry a huge and heavy suitcase up all those stairs! Definitely good walking shoes if you want to do the hiking trails! Loads of memory cards or films, batteries Sunglasses and...

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Vernazza Off The Beaten Path

  • Belforte

    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...

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  • Passages to the upper Vernazza

    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...

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  • Il ponte - the bridge

    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...

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Vernazza Sports & Outdoors

  • Swimming

    To my surprise we did see people swimming in the harbour of Vernazza - locals and tourists alike! There is a small beach type entrance from Piazza Marconi, but you will also find ladders leading to the water from the pier.The water is very clean and you can also see jellyfish and other fish there!

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  • Boating/Sailing

    In the harbour of Vernazza there were lots of small boats and we did see people taking them for some fun boatrides. I so not know if you can rent any of them or if they are all private, but I am pretty sure that this should be possible.

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  • Hiking

    Hiking is what the Cinque Terre is all about! The five villages are connected by trails - all of them in the National Park of Cinque Terre! You will have to pay an entrance fee to the NP (which was 3 € for a day pass in 2006) and you can do the whole trail in one day or just do parts of it! Be sure to have good footwear, sun protection and take...

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Vernazza Favorites

  • One small harbor

    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...

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  • Paint your house

    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...

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  • One square

    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...

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The Harbor
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The Forte
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Piazza Marconi
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Caruggi
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Walk, snap, walk, repeat.
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Halfway to Heaven
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Refreshing in the harbor
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Sentieri - footpaths
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Rocks & caves
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Castello Doria
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Petrified spaghetti
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Santa Margherita d'Antiochia
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Seagulls Rock
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One street
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Vaporetto
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Narrow streets, so-called "carruggi"
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Wander Around the Lanes
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Ride a Great Train
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Mountainsides Surrounding Vernazza
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Stroll the Via Roma
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The Castle / Watchtower
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The Harbor / Breakwater
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Church of Santa Margherita d'Antiochia
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The Village Piazza
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Three Ways to Get to Vernazza
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Explore the Cinque Terre on foot
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Explore the Cinque Terre by boat
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To the Cinque Terre by train
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Monterosso
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Riomaggiore
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Vernazza - Santa Margherita di Antiochia
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Ticket for the coastal paths
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Cinque Terre wine - Sciacchetra
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Take A Hike To Heaven
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Vernazza seeing from Monterosso
Off The Beaten Path
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