Vernazza Italy is the most photographed village in the famed Cinque Terre coastal stretch, and the second village that you will see if you begin your journey on the west at Monterosso. Vernazza and the other Cinque Terre towns are extremely popular with tourists and locals. It is situated in the province of La Spezia. The region in which this town is located is called Liguria, and it's a beautiful coastal area in the famous Italian Riviera. The name Vernazza comes from the Latin word verna and translates into "native". Vernazza has been dubbed one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, and that’s no surprise. With its natural port, breathtaking houses and freedom from car traffic, this treasure trove of a town is a must visit on your trip to Northern Italy.
In addition to Vernazza Italy, the other four scenic fishing villages in the Cinque Terre include Corniglia, Monterosso al Mare, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. They are all a part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and feature vibrant, colourful houses and lush vineyards built right into the side of the jagged cliff sides along the Mediterranean. Here, the harbours abound with fishing vessels and the local seafood is delectable. Not to mention the Vernaccia wine which means local or ours that the town is famous for.
There are quite a few notable historical landmarks in Vernazza Italy that you’ll want to visit. The Church of Santa Margherita di Antiochia was built in 1318. It is situated in the town’s main square of Piazza Marconi and has an east facing entry, which is somewhat usual. There is also a unique octagonal bell town. Another church of note is the Chapel of Santa Marta. The castle tower of Doria which was built in the fifteenth century is also of not. And if you’re feeling daring, visit the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Reggio. The journey there is about an hour’s walk uphill, but the views of the vineyard and coastline from here are simply unparalleled.
If you are looking for outdoor adventures in Vernazza Italy, wander down the trails that link all of the five Cinque Terre towns. There is also a small beach in Vernazza, which is a great spot to relax and let the kids run free after a busy day of sightseeing.
Vernazza has something for everyone. From historical sites to a relaxing beach to hiking trails and local authentic cuisine and wine, you’ll be sure to make memories in Vernazza that will last a lifetime.