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  • Address: Vernazza, Italy
Arguably the most picturesque—and steepest—of all the Cinque Terre villages, Vernazza is indeed a striking sight: snaking narrow lanes and a crescent-shaped harbor are framed by forested peaks and glittering Mediterranean waters. Visitors can stroll the scenic waterfront, snap photos of the charming pastel-colored buildings, and explore a medieval castle before heading down to the sandy beach for a refreshing swim in the sea. 
 
The Basics
Vernazza makes a good base for exploring Cinque Terre National Park, which encompasses all five Cinque Terre towns, and for enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and paragliding along the Italian Riviera. Day tours to Vernazza run from La Spezia, Siena, Lucca, and Florence, and typically include visits to the neighboring villages of Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, and Manarola, as well as a stop in nearby Portovenere. Cruise ship passengers can opt for a shore excursion from Genoa. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Vernazza can get busy in peak summer season, so book tours and accommodations in advance.
  • Bring comfortable, sturdy walking shoes, as the village roads are steep and often uneven.
  • While many hotels and tourist attractions in Vernazza are wheelchair and stroller accessible, the village’s steep and narrow lanes can be challenging for those with mobility issues to navigate. 

How to Get There 
Located in Cinque Terre National Park, between Corniglia and Monterosso al Mare along the Italian Riviera, Vernazza is a 2.5-hour drive from Florence or a 45-minute drive from La Spezia. Parking is limited in Vernazza, so unless you are staying in town overnight, it’s best to join a tour or arrive by train from La Spezia (a 20-minute ride). Alternatively, from mid-April through October, ferries connect Vernazza with La Spezia, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore, and Manarola. 

When to Get There
Vernazza and the rest of the Cinque Terre see the most visitors and highest temperatures—upwards of 100°F (40°C)—in summer. Hikers should aim to visit in May or September to avoid the peak heat, while budget-minded travelers might want to skip August, when hotel prices skyrocket. Visiting in winter is possible, but some hiking trails may be inaccessible in heavy rain or icy conditions. 

Historic Landmarks in Vernazza
Vernazza is best known for its colorfully painted houses, but the cliffside village is also home to some impressive historic monuments. Get a panoramic perspective from medieval Doria Castle, built to protect the town from pirates; admire the Church of Santa Margherita d’Antiochia, which dates back to the 14th century; or hike into the mountains to take in the views from the Sanctuary of Madonna di Reggio.

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Cinque Terre and Portovenere from Florence in One Day, Florence, null
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Cinque Terre and Portovenere from Florence in One Day

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Get an early start on an amazing day journeying out of Florence, and its man-made masterpieces, because you are off to the Italian seaside. Admire nature’s ...  Read more

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Cinque Terre and Portovenere Day Trip from Siena, Siena, Day Trips
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Cinque Terre and Portovenere Day Trip from Siena

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Explore the Ligurian coast on a full-day tour of Portovenere and the Cinque Terre from Siena. See a small corner of paradise, traveling along the villages ...  Read more

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Private Cinque Terre Trekking Tours, Cinque Terre, Day Trips
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Private Cinque Terre Trekking Tours

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Trek & tour through the most beautiful area of Cinque Terre with a private guide. This tour will give you an understanding of the villages and the most ...  Read more

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Cinque Terre Small Group Guided Tour from Florence, Florence, Hiking & Camping
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Cinque Terre Small Group Guided Tour from Florence

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Location: Florence, Italy
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Best of Cinque Terre Day Trip with Typical Lunch, Florence, Day Trips
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Best of Cinque Terre Day Trip with Typical Lunch

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Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza and Monterosso. Walking from village to village admiring the cultivated terraces and the pastel coloured villages hovering ...  Read more

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Genoa Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Cinque Terre, Genoa, Day Trips
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Genoa Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Cinque Terre

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The moment your cruise ship arrives in port in Genoa, your private shore excursion to Cinque Terre begins. Discover the unique landscape with dry-laid stone ...  Read more

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Cinque Terre and Pisa Full-Day Private Shore Excursion from Livorno Port, Livorno, Ports of Call ... 
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Cinque Terre and Pisa Full-Day Private Shore Excursion from Livorno Port

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Your full-day Cinque Terre and Pisa shore excursion is a must when visiting Italy. Your knowledgeable guide will show you the picturesque villages scattered ...  Read more

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Private 5-Hour Cinque Terre Boat Tour from Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Ports of Call Tours
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Private 5-Hour Cinque Terre Boat Tour from Monterosso

Enjoy the picturesque Cinque Terre stretch of coast away from crowds with a unique 5 hour private boat tour.  Board a charming traditional boat a with a small ...  Read more

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Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Full-Day Tour at the Cinque Terre from Lucca, Lucca, Day Cruises
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Full-Day Tour at the Cinque Terre from Lucca

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Spend a unique day visiting the stunning Cinque Terre and Portovenere. Start your 11-hour trip from Lucca and travel comfortably on board an air-conditioned GT ...  Read more

Location: Lucca, Italy
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

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Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence, Florence, Day Trips
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Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence

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Explore the breathtaking Ligurian coast on a tour of Portovenere and the Cinque Terre, a small corner of paradise subdivided into five villages suspended on ...  Read more

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From USD $112.72

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