Vernazza is one of the five towns that make up the Cinque Terre region. It is the fourth town heading north, has no car traffic and remains one of the truest “fishing villages” on the Italian Riviera
There are many great restaurants and cafes with spectacular views overlooking the sea. If you are looking for a place to stay in Vernazza or any of the villages in the Cinque Terre, there usually are signs outside of places offering accommodation and rooms for rent. Of course you can also book accommodation prior to visiting.
It is a fortified town which was once an active maritime base for one of the Italian families of nobility.
Tourism in Vernazza is the biggest industry, however, fishing, wine production and olive oil production are still main industries
On 25 October 2011, Vernazza was struck by torrential rains, massive flooding and mudslides that left the town buried in over 4 metres of mud and debris, causing over 100 million euro worth of damage. The town was evacuated and remained in a continued state of emergency. There has been another bad storm recently which has meant that the walking tracks have been closed.
The last time I was in the Cinque Terre my friends walked the tracks between each village however I chose to take the train. The tracks are mostly narrow, rocky and not always an easy walk and can be very hot even in spring or autumn.
Vernazza’s beach is off Piazza Marconi, within the protected harbour on the north western side.
Vernazza offers expansive views of the hillside vineyards and the coast.