European Vacation – September 19/19 – Vernazza (Cinque Terre), Italy

The origin of this settlement dates back to Roman times. It was built inland in the 10th century, further back than its present location is in. It was an important port and in 1276, became part of the Republic of Genoa. Shortly after that, the center of the settlement moved to the coast. In 1816 it became part of the Sardinian Kingdom and in 1861, it became part of the Italian Kingdom. Population as of 2018 is listed as 824 people.


Arriving at the station, it is a very short walk into town

As we followed the crowds down the main street, J discovered a path through an opening in the rocks, leading to a stony beach. It was a hot day and we needed no further encouragement to go dip our feet in the Ligurian Sea. Along the way, there were stacks and stacks of rocks, piled up by previous visitors.

The cool water felt heavenly on the tootsies and as we stood there, we had a chance to enjoy our surroundings.

J & I built a rock stack before leaving this place and J’s hat behind. We wandered back into town to see the sights and perhaps grab a bite.

All the good dining spots with a view and shade seemed to be taken, but, we did grab a cone of fish and chips before heading on, to our next destination.

Vernazza from the harbour
Vernazza from the harbour
boats in Vernazza harbour
fish and chips in a cone
Tiny church
This through train blew us all back against the wall. Station platforms in Cinque Terre can be short and you often need to wait for the trains in side the tunnel.

10 thoughts on “European Vacation – September 19/19 – Vernazza (Cinque Terre), Italy

    1. Agreed and there were a few people out in kayaks. You would want to pick a calm day and wear lots of sun screen. The other option is to hire a private boat to take you out (costly) or take the frequent ferries (overloaded). Thanks for reading Bernie. Allan


    1. For sure. If we had blinked or even looked right instead of left, we would have missed this opening and the cooling water. Yes, this was a pretty village and harbour. Thanks for reading and commenting Aiva. Allan

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