This pretty and colorful seaside village forms part of Italy’s most famous Cinque Terre.

Vernazza is known for its picturesque harbor, scenic hiking trails, and delicious local cuisine. Come explore the winding streets, swim in the turquoise waters, and experience the beauty of this magical place for yourself.

of the 5 villages, in which Cinque Terre town would you stay?

Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, are all located on the rugged coast of the Ligurian Sea in northwestern Italy. When deciding where to stay during your trip to this beautiful area, we might recommend Vernazza as a very good option.

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Vernazza has a good selection of accommodation options, from budget-friendly hostels to luxury hotels, and it is a great base for exploring the other Cinque Terre towns.  You’ll have easy access to beautiful hiking trails and frequent train connections.

Vernazza also has a lively atmosphere with plenty of restaurants, cafes, and bars to enjoy the local cuisine and wine. Overall, staying in Vernazza provides a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in this unique region’s culture and natural beauty.

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You can be the person enjoying the view in the photo above every day of your vacation.  Here are a few recommendations for places to stay:

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The best places to stay in Vernazza

La Casa dell'Eroico Vino

This 1 bedroom apartment is set in an unbeatable location, with a beautiful balcony featuring exceptional views.

You’ll have a fully equipped kitchen and even if you prefer not to walk a lot, you can easily spend your whole vacation just on this balcony.

Affittacamere Benedetta e Isabelle

Now this is a room with a view!

pretty places to stay in Vernazza with a view

Travel tip - where to stay

Rentable private rooms are called “Camere” and they are often the best value for money when you’re looking for places to stay throughout the Cinque Terre.


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Fun travel tips and the language

As you may expect, the language spoken here is Italian, but you’ll find people in the restaurant and shop industry do speak a little English.  However, we do recommend you learn a few basic words in Italian.  Why?  Read more…

When is the best time to go?

Often when people ask me this question, I want to answer by saying:  “Now”.  Because I really think you must act on your dreams and book the vacation you so deserve.  However, when visiting the Cinque Terre, timing is crucial, as winter is definitely not the best time to go.  During winter months (from November to March) almost everything is closed.  So, keeping that in mind:

The best time to visit Vernazza and the Cinque Terre region is during the shoulder seasons of spring (April-May) and fall (September-October).

During these months, the weather is mild and pleasant, and the crowds are fewer than in the peak summer months.

Additionally, the hiking trails are open, and the scenery is beautiful with wildflowers blooming in the spring and fall foliage in autumn.

If you prefer warmer weather and want to swim in the sea, then visiting during the summer months of June to August is also an option, but it can be crowded and hot.

Top 5 things to do in Vernazza

When visiting Vernazza it is all about nature and relaxation – and then, of course, the restaurants…

  • Explore the village: Wander through the colorful streets and alleys, admire the historic buildings, and take in the stunning views of the sea and hills.

  • Visit the harbor: Take a stroll along the harbor, watch the fishing boats and yachts come and go, and enjoy the scenic views of the village and coastline.

  • Hike the trails: Vernazza is located on the Sentiero Azzurro, the famous hiking trail that connects all five Cinque Terre towns. You can hike to Monterosso al Mare or Corniglia, or take shorter walks to nearby villages and viewpoints.

  • Try the local food and wine: Sample the delicious seafood, pasta, pesto, and wine that the Ligurian region is famous for. Many restaurants in Vernazza offer outdoor seating with sea views.

  • Relax on the beach: Head to the small beach at the base of the village, rent a sun lounger and umbrella, and soak up the sun and sea breeze. You can also swim, kayak or take a boat tour to explore the coastline.

Is Vernazza worth visiting?

Absolutely! One thing that makes Vernazza so special is its unique blend of natural beauty, history, and local culture.

The village is nestled in a cove surrounded by steep cliffs and lush vegetation, making it one of the most picturesque and romantic places on the Italian Riviera.

The colorful houses and narrow alleys date back to the medieval times, and the village is home to several historic landmarks such as the Doria Castle and the Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church.

In addition, Vernazza is famous for its delicious seafood, wine, and pesto, which you can sample at local restaurants and bars.

Whether you’re a nature lover, history buff, foodie, or just looking for a relaxing getaway, Vernazza has something to offer that will make you fall in love with this enchanting place.

Why you should stay overnight?

 While Vernazza is not known for its nightlife, there are a few bars and pubs in the village that stay open late. These venues offer a laid-back atmosphere and are a great place to relax and enjoy a drink with friends.  The night sky in Vernazza is particularly clear, making it a great place for stargazing. You can head to the harbor or to one of the village’s vantage points to admire the constellations and the Milky Way.  And if that is not enough…the lights of Vernazza at night illuminate the colorful houses, harbor, and narrow streets, creating a romantic and enchanting atmosphere.

Enjoy your travels!