Vernazza

Somewhere in my scribbled notes made before departing for the Cinque Terre, it says “Vernazza = best place to eat sea food / drink white wine”. This piece of tourist insight was actually from a friend who grew up in La Spezia just down the road so we can trust his judgment!

Vernazza Beach - Cinque TerreWhen we visited the Cinque Terre we really had extremes of weather: from hot sunshine to cold rain (the sun producing a lovely sunset in Corniglia the day before). Perhaps bad weather shouldn’t be a surprise in November but even when it did rain, we managed to wait for it to let up long enough to get a bit of video. The sea was so stormy that the walkway was actually closed but the angry sky makes for a great backdrop to Vernazza‘s unusual church tower and verdant hills.

As with the other towns, Vernazza is hard to reach by road. In fact, driving from Monterosso al Mare to here took an hour which is pretty incredible when you consider you could walk it in less than half that time. But that is what we do for you: try it, and when it doesn’t work tell you so that you avoid the same mistake!

Vernazza is, just like the other towns in the Cinque Terre: unique in its own way. Arranged around a small beach and a harbour, the main street runs perpendicular to the seafront.  Whereas Manarola to the South is high up on cliffs above the sea, Vernazza is right at sea level. Unlike the other towns though, Vernazza continues away from the sea and it is well worth a walk up the main (and, I think only) road out of town to take a look at the small allotments that are dotted along the river.

Vernazza Allotment - Cinque TerreVernazza Stream - Cinque Terre

Somewhere in my scribbled notes made before departing for the Cinque Terre, it says "Vernazza = best place to eat sea food / drink white wine". This piece of tourist insight was actually from a friend who grew up in La Spezia just down the road so we can trust his judgment!

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