Vernazza has a natural pier with a amphitheatre shape making it perhaps the most picturesque village of the Cinque Terre. Vernazza was a Roman installation and had a big strategical importance during the age of the Maritime Republics in Genoa. It was also famous for its carpenters.
We suggest a walk in the village that is dominated by a watch tower and the "Castello" remains. In the small square, overlooking the seaside, there is the Church of Santa Margherita di Antiochia.
Vernazza is the village with the safest and most convenient port in Cinque Terre. The seafaring skill of its people has been famous since the old times. Historically mentioned since 1050, it has enjoyed political importance and wealth, witnessed by the fashion of the houses, rich in balconies and arcades.
Here as well the place-name comes from an old Roman family name, Vulnetia, whose slaves, after being set free, took possession of these lands.
You can visit The Nostra Signora di Reggio Sanctuary, Church in the hills behind Vernazza (350 meter), dating from the 13th century. Take the Sentiero N° 8 to get there.
Vernazza holidays : 20 july, Festa di Santa Margherita di Antioche