Vernazza, Italy: Cinque Terre’s Jewel

Vernazza, Italy: Cinque Terre’s Jewel

Vernazza (Latin: Vulnetia) is a town and comune located in the province of La Spezia, Liguria, northwestern Italy. It is one of the five towns that make up the Cinque Terre region. Vernazza is the fourth town heading north, has no car traffic, and remains one of the truest “fishing villages” on the Italian Riviera.

Vernazza’s name is derived from the Latin adjective verna meaning “native” and the aptly named indigenous wine, vernaccia (“local” or “ours”), helped give birth to the village’s moniker.

Church of Santa Margherita d’Antiochia, circa 1318. Unique for its east-facing entryway, it has a nave and two aisles, with an octagonal bell tower rising from the apse area, and is located in the town’s main square Piazza Marconi.
Doria Castle – built in the 15th century as a lookout tower to protect the village from pirates.
Sanctuary of Madonna di Reggio Santuario di Nostra Signora di Reggio, about an hour’s steep walk above Vernazza. The path that leads up to the sanctuary is punctuated with the Stations of the Cross. The surrounding property of the sanctuary contains a large shady open area, expansive views of the hillside vineyards and coast.
Chapel of Santa Marta, tiny stone chapel along Vernazza’s main street, Via Roma. Mass celebrated on special Sundays.
Vernazza’s beach is off Piazza Marconi, within the protected harbor on the northwestern side.
Tourist can use the local trail which connects all five towns together.

First records recognizing Vernazza as a fortified town date back to the year 1080. Referred to as an active maritime base of the Obertenghi, a family of Italian nobility, it was a likely point of departure for naval forces in defence of pirates.

 From Wikipedia

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