The newest among the villages of Cinque Terre is Vernazza. This village was completely drowned in a flood in 2011. The drastic soil erosion that followed forced a total renovation and the complete rebuilding of the place from scratch. Due to this unfortunate incident, there are not many hotels in Vernazza and cost of living is a little pricey when compared to the other villages. But there is no lack of beautiful and colored churches and buildings in Vernazza, accompanied by its small harbor. A great number of handicrafts are available here. We went into a shop named 'Stories in Italy' adorned with many drawings of Cinque Terre. On inquiring, we came to know that the drawings were not for sale, a sad thing! And it seems that the store owner Michelle Greco's husband drew those pictures. The items for sale were actually the displayed Jewelry, which was exclusively made from materials brought in from various parts of Italy. Michelle is of American Origin, who fell in love with her artist husband from Cinque Terre and finally chose to stay here. Quite a fascinating story.Vernazza has two viewpoints, and when looked from there we can find two entirely different faces of it, needless to say that the second view point does the Job of revealing the real beauty of Vernazza with such grace. While climbing up the hill, I was able to see the train moving down the tunnel, which very much resembled a snake coming out its resting place. Although there were churches in every village we visited, I took a personal liking towards the ones in Vernazza. Right when we arrived there, a holy mass was happening. After the mass, the gathering came to an end with an elderly man playing the piano so beautifully. When we walked up the stairway adjoining the harbor, we got near a fort named 'Castello doria', which is really old. Now only the remnants of the fort are seen, in addition to a circular tower hovering over.
Vernazza is the only natural port of Cinque Terre and is famous for its elegant houses ,also we visited Doria Castle which is on top of the village. .We skipped manarola and Cornigilia (the only village lacks access to sea and the most beautiful of all) as we were getting late to leave for milan .
Vernazza, has been rated one of the most beautiful villages in the whole of Italy and it did make sense as to why it is. With the vibrant houses and the perfect aqua blue sea water. It is a dream destination for any hiker. Yes. we hiked through Corniglia for an hour and a half to reach Vernazza with stunning views of the sea beside.
Dotted with pretty cafes and inconspicuous gelaterias, Vernazza is the most old fashioned of all Cinque Terre villages, yet the most photographed. It also has the best harbour of them all. Spending hours doing nothing or walking down Via Roma and sampling fried fish and chips is a very good idea. Getting There: A Cinque Terre Card, available at the La Spezia train station for around 12 Euros grants you free rides on trains connecting the villages up to the town of Levanto. If in case you are not walking along the Blue Trail, Vernazza is the fourth stop from La Spezia and the ride is approximately 20 minutes long. If you do not have a card, tickets can be bought for about 2 Euros at La Spezia or any of the other villages and require validation. The train mostly runs through tunnels but even the smallest glimpse of the sea is breath-taking.
Vernazza is also a town located in the Cinque Terre and it actually is my favorite of all the five towns. It is the fourth largest and is only a ten minute train ride from Monterossa (the train is the best way to travel since cars are only allowed in Monterossa). Vernazza’s beach is much smaller than Monterossa, even smaller than Old Monterossa, but I absolutely love it. It is located on the edge of the main piazza and it’s almost like the town surrounds you on one side and the Tyrrhenian Sea on the other. It is also great to climb all the way to the top of the hill to visit the citadel and the restaurant at the top is pretty darn good.