The only natural port of the Cinque Terre, the village of
along the Vernazzola stream (now covered) climbing up the
rocky face of a cliff, which hides the view of houses to those
who come at it from the sea. Very narrow, steep paths descend
towards the main road which leads onto a small square located
facing the small port. Along with the typical tower-shaped
houses, which are also present in Riomaggiore, Manarola and
Monterosso, there are more architecturally elaborate buildings
decorated by portals and porticos, as a reminder of the prosperity
the village once enjoyed under Genoese domination.
Very well maintained are the ancient castles, characteristic
of Cinque Terre and of Vernazza particularly.
The small harbour can host small/mid size boats and provides
sufficient shelter for mid-sized waves, but it's not enough
for the great winter sea storms.
A tourist's perspective:
Vernazza has been for several years the main point of attraction
of Cinque Terre, together with Monterosso. The views are spectcular,
from the sea as well as from the paths. The vital center of
Vernazza is located in the square abutting the harbour and
everything is very concentrated. Thus, the over-crowding may
prove excessive for the fastidious, especially those who choose
to stay the night.
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