Vernazza is part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
 
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Village of Vernazza
Municipality of Vernazza
Province of La Spezia
Liguria Region
Inhabitants: 824
Altitude center: 3 m s.l.m.
the Municipality is part of:
Borghi più belli d'Italia
Protected natural areas:
Area naturale marina protetta Cinque Terre
Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre
Patronal Festival
Santa Margherita - 20 luglio
Municipality of Vernazza
Via San Francesco 56 - Vernazza
tel: 0187821247

Vernazza is the second village that is part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. It is set in a bay between the towns of Monterosso al Mare and Riomaggiore, and it also includes the next village of Corniglia, its hamlet.
The village has architectural elements of great value, such as loggias, churches, houses - towers and arcades.
It is also dominated by the remains of the "castrum", several medieval fortifications dating back to the eleventh century, with a castle and a cylindrical tower and the houses are separated by a single central street and steep stairs named "harpies".

The first documented news of Vernazza dates back to an act of 1080, in which the castrum Vernatio is cited as the maritime base of the Obertenghi. They were lords of Vernazza in the eleventh and twelfth centuries who tried to defend the territory from the assaults of Saracen pirates and start the first commercial exchanges. The marquises themselves built a first sighting and defense post in 1056.
Thanks to the increase in commercial traffic and the development of the marina, Vernazza entered the graces of the Republic of Genoa, which intended to make it one of its coastal bases for the commercial, political and above all territorial conquest of the Ligurian Levant. In 1209 the eighty-eight heads of the Vernazza family swore loyalty to Genoa and its Republic.

In Vernazza we cannot miss the opportunity to visit the Church of Santa Margherita di Antiochia, in Romanesque-Genoese style, whose construction dates back to the thirteenth century, in which there are medieval and Renaissance elements and the Castello dei Doria, a medieval fortress about seventy meters high.

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Other destinations nearby

Monterosso al Mare
Monterosso al Mare
Monterosso al Mare is the largest village of the Cinque Terre, a place of inspiration for the famous poet Eugenio Montale.
La Spezia - 2.51 KM from Vernazza
Corniglia
Corniglia
Corniglia, a hamlet of Vernazza, is the only village of the Cinque Terre not touching the sea.
La Spezia - 2.66 KM from Vernazza
Manarola
Manarola
Manarola is the second smallest village in the Cinque Terre and at Christmas here you can find the largest nativity scene in the world.
La Spezia - 4.78 KM from Vernazza
Riomaggiore
Riomaggiore
Riomaggiore is the most eastern and most southern of the Cinque Terre.
La Spezia - 5.99 KM from Vernazza
Framura
Framura
Framura is the collective name of 5 small fractions of which it is composed the Municipality, which extend from the sea toward the inside, along a steep stairway that connects them.
La Spezia - 12.96 KM from Vernazza
Porto Venere
Porto Venere
Porto Venere is the borgo marinaro smaller in the province of La Spezia, in Liguria.
La Spezia - 15.39 KM from Vernazza

NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.

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