VERNAZZA – To the tourist who arrives from the sea, Vernazza reveals itself without any shyness or reluctance, with the characteristic place crowded with the tables of the restaurants, and framed by the lively harbour, from the coloured houses and from the beautiful parish church of Santa Margherita d’Antiochia (11th to 13th century), which deserves to be seen.
Along the main street you can find those shops where every tourist can enjoy the taste of the famous white Ovine of the Cinque Terre ,or where he can find the unfailing souvenir. Here you have a labyrinth of steep stairs and streets running around the houses among arches and gates, leading you to the ruins of the powerful fortifications still overlooking the village. Beside the small sandy belt in the harbour, bathers can lie under the sun and dive from the cliffs, but we suggest to the seaside-freaks to move to Monterosso, easy to reach by train or by boat as all the other villages. Far hikers, the distances in term of time are the following: Vernazza Monterosso: about 2 hours; Vernazza-Corniglia: about 1,30 hours.