The Cinque Terre colored gem
The second village that you will reach starting from Monterosso, Vernazza is a small gem located in the evocative coastline of Liguria. Known as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, it is characterized by unique pastel colored tower homes and terraces covered in vineyards.
What to see- Church of Santa Margherita d'Antiochia
An octagonal tower of 40 meters, main symbol of Vernazza. The wonderful architecture with the entrance in the apse side makes this church stand out for its beauty. The first documents that mentioned the church date back to 14th century, but the materials and the mode of construction could date back even to the 12th century.
- Doria Castle
This castle is one of the oldest surviving fortification of Cinque Terre, that protected Vernazza during the reign of the Republic of Genoa. The castle building dates back to 11th century and today contains one of the few remained original watch towers.
- Sanctuary of Our Lady of Regio
The Sanctuary of Vernazza is dedicated to the Lady of Regio. It was built in the 11th century on a preexisting crypt, before being moved closer to the coast. Today there is a path that can be followed to view the Madonna di Reggio, that many call "l'Africana".
- Convent of the Reformed Fathers of St. Francis
Now headquarter of Vernazza, it is located within the city walls, where it is possible to view a tower, a cloister and a church. The Convent was restored recently and today hosts 14 marble covered tombs with latin inscriptions underneath the church floor.
Vernazza also have two possible beaches where is possible to enjoy the sea. The first and the easiest to get to is near the port, with a small sandy beach. The second one is a bit larger, and can be reached from the main square of the town, next to the church of Santa Margherita.
How to get there
Vernazza have both buildings and beaches to enjoy. With its unique architecture style and historical buildings, it is a must see town of Cinque Terre. You can decide to come here by car, but the parking areas are very limited.
If you have the possibility we recommend to stay more days and combine the Vernazza visit with other Cinque Terre towns. Our agency is specialized in Tuscan territory, being able to advise you the best itineraries and places to see. We can organize personalized trips based on your specific needs, letting you focus only on enjoy the vacation.
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