Last update: April 19, 2024.

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What to See and Do in Vernazza

Vernazza: Practical Tips and Important Information about Cinque Terre.

Vernazza - the fourth village of Cinque Terre, located on the side of La Spezia. It's one of the most beautiful and romantic places in Liguria that you shouldn't miss, even if you have limited time in the park.

Main view of Vernazza harbor, Cinque Terre
Main view of Vernazza harbor

A beautiful view of Vernazza can be enjoyed from the pier, which is accessible from the train station without any steps. If you want to experience the most iconic view of Vernazza, the one you've seen on postcards and online, you should take the paid hiking trail from Vernazza to Monterosso. Just a 10-minute walk along this trail will treat you to numerous breathtaking panoramic vistas. For more detailed information, check out the "Best Spots for Photos and Videos" page.

At the bottom of the page, you'll find a map with the key locations marked, which will come in handy!

Love photography? We recommend visiting the village closer to the evening so that the houses of Vernazza are not in shadow.


Upon exiting the train station, you'll find yourself on the village's main street in its very heart. Just follow this street, and in 5 minutes, you'll reach the seaside square where the Church of Saint Margaret of Antioch is located. In Vernazza, you can wander through the small streets of the village, sit by the seafront, visit Doria Castle, and climb the Belforte Tower, which offers a breathtaking view of the entire village.

View of Vernazza from the Blue trail, Cinque Terre
View of Vernazza from the Blue trail
Vernazza harbor and small beach, Cinque Terre
Vernazza harbor and small beach

There are many hiking trails here, and in just one and a half hours, you can reach Monterosso or Corniglia on foot. Moreover, these trails offer incredibly scenic panoramic views of Vernazza itself. For more details about the Cinque Terre trails, visit the "Trails: Map and Status" page.

In Vernazza, not many people relax on the beach. There are two beaches here: one is very small, and the other is rocky and often closed. You can find a nice sandy beach only in Monterosso.

The view of Vernazza from the trail to Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre
The view of Vernazza from the trail to Monterosso al Mare
The view of Vernazza from the trail to Corniglia, Cinque Terre
The view of Vernazza from the trail to Corniglia

There are slightly fewer hotels here compared to Monterosso, but you can rent an apartment quite easily, and there are plenty of options available, many with beautiful views from the windows. Prices are, of course, higher because romantic enthusiasts often choose this village.

Central square of Vernazza, Cinque Terre
Central square of Vernazza

Vernazza boasts a variety of restaurants to cater to every visitor's palate. Here are a few options worth considering:

  • If you're looking for budget-friendly options, we recommend trying takeaway pizza from one of the restaurants along the waterfront, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Vernazza.
  • If you want to savor an amazing view of Vernazza, visit the bar/restaurant La Torre.
  • If you'd like to dine at one of the best restaurants in Cinque Terre, consider trying Belforte. It's renowned for its cuisine, but keep in mind that prices here will be higher.
View from the restaurant La Torre, Vernazza, Cinque Terre
View from the restaurant La Torre
Pizza takeaway on the waterfront with a view, Vernazza, Cinque Terre
Pizza takeaway on the waterfront with a view

For a quick visit to Vernazza, half an hour may be sufficient, as it's just a 5-minute walk from the train station to the sea along the central street. If you'd like to enjoy a budget-friendly meal with a view by the sea, add an extra hour and grab some takeaway food to enjoy while sitting on the rocks by the waterfront. On average, tourists spend about 3 hours in Vernazza.

Small beach in the center of the village, Vernazza, Cinque Terre
Small beach in the center of the village

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The places we recommend you visit in Vernazza are displayed on this map.

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