Vernazza is the only tiny port in the stretch of coastline between Portovenere and Monterosso: a rocky outcrop, on which a part of the houses of the village were founded and the long pier that stretches into the sea until it almost reaches the other side of the bay, protecting this small stretch of sea from the waves, allowing the inhabitants to safely moor the typical Ligurian goiters, which are hoisted to the ground and positioned in the main square of the town, only in the presence of exceptional storms.
The first news of Vernazza dates back to 1080 and since the Middle Ages it was famous because Sciacchetrà was shipped here, an exquisite local raisin wine that was also exported across the border. The town lived on trade related to the port and became an important arsenal for the construction and repair of typical Ligurian boats.
The main fortification of the village is the castle dating back to the 11th century, built on a spur of rock 70 meters above sea level; from its walls stands the Doria tower, a sighting point of the time and a great panoramic view of this spectacular stretch of coastline of the Cinque Terre National Park.
From the tower you can admire Vernazza in all its splendor: the houses with typical Ligurian colours widen amphitheatrically around the marina, the narrow alleys, the steep stairways, the mountain that looms over the slate roofs and embraces the village, almost hide it for those who watch from the sea.
The most evocative monument is the church of Santa Margherita di Antiochia, dating back to 1318, founded on the rocks overlooking the port, which for centuries has supported the shocks of the waves of the Ligurian sea, symbol of the tenacity of the inhabitants of these places, in eternal struggle with nature for one’s survival.
In October 2011 Vernazza was hit together with Monterosso, by a terrible flood that brought tons of dirt and stones to the first floor of the houses on the streets of the village, even creating a new beach on the east coast of the village where before there were only very deep rocks and depths.
Certainly Vernazza is one of the pearls of the Cinque Terre and therefore we recommend you to visit it by sea with the boat service that connects all the Cinque Terre, by rail with the comfortable regional trains or even better by land with the splendid trail network coming from Corniglia or from Monterosso.
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23 October 2020
The Monterosso’s lemons’ festival
11 October 2020
The origins of the Via dell’Amore
21 April 2020
Lerici and San Terenzo: the bay of the english
27 March 2020
Vernazza: on the waterfront
7 December 2019
Corniglia: a terrace on the sea
8 September 2019
The path 436: from Montemarcello to Punta Corvo beach
22 April 2019
The anchovies of Monterosso
3 December 2018
The Via Francigena: walking in the history
18 September 2018
The path n. 508: from Vernazza to Reggio
2 May 2018
Portovenere: splendid pearl on the sea!
11 January 2018
Montereggio: a village of booksellers and publishers
15 November 2017
From Lerici to Bocca di Magra with the Liguria Trail (SL)
13 August 2017
The island of Palmaria
14 March 2017
Sciacchetrail 2017 – Third Edition
24 January 2017
Tellaro: the pearl of the Gulf of Poets
20 November 2016
From Vernazza to Riomaggiore via sanctuaries
26 September 2016
SCIACCHETRA’ 2016 : the tradition goes on…
7 May 2016
The Alta Via del Golfo – From Portovenere to the Foce
9 December 2015
The Paths of Palmaria