Standing at the mouth of a creek, Vernazza grew up as a natural harbour that for centuries was the only safe point giving access to the sea in the Cinque Terre.
Its name, in fact, seems to derive from the Latin word hibernacula, or “maritime port”.
Things to see
The Doria Castle is a cluster of fortifications, towers, and walls that offers visitors a panoramic view of unsurpassed beauty.
The Church of Santa Margherita d′Antiochia is in classic Ligurian Gothic style; construction began in 1318.