The Best Vernazza Hotels – The Cinque Terre Italy
The Best Vernazza Hotels For Enjoying the Cinque Terre
By M Ottersen
Of the five villages that make up Italy’s Cinque Terre, Vernazza is the prettiest. With a beautiful natural harbor, a bustling ocean-front piazza filled with bars and cafes, and a ruined castle watching over it, Vernazza is stunning.
Today, you can reach Vernazza by automobile, though you’ll have to park at the lot above the town. There’s a shuttle that runs back and forth to the center of Vernazza so you won’t have to haul your luggage.
In town, the narrow alleyways lead to delightful arcades and charming restaurants. If the colorful houses with their tile roofs look like something out of a theme park, it’s because the zoning board dictates the pastel colors that can be used in Vernazza.
If you arrive by train, stop off at the Tourist Office in the station. For Internet access, try the Internet point or the Blue Marlin Bar.
There’s not a lot to do in Vernazza, but there are several good hikes. You can take Cinque Terre Trail Two to Corniglia or Monterossa. There’s also a trail behind the Chapel of Santa Maria that has more beautiful views, or you can hike up to the ruins of the castle. Kayak rentals are available in the harbor, and they’re a great way to explore the coast.
Of course, the most popular activity in Vernazza is sitting in a cafe with a bottle of wine and watching the world go by.
Vernazza hotels in all price ranges.
Part of the reason that the Cinque Terre is enjoyable is that it’s less developed than other parts of Italy. Although there’s certainly more here than there was twenty years ago, most of the accommodations are still small pensiones or rooms in private homes. These are called affitta camere, and they can be quite nice. If stairs are a problem, Vernazza isn’t a good choice for you because virtually all properties have them.
You won’t find all the amenities and services of a three-star hotel here. Most accommodations are clean and simple, and their best feature is the view. A room with a terrace or balcony is most enjoyable, and some Vernazza hotels have common terraces or gardens so guests in rooms without them can still enjoy the wonderful scenery.
There are a couple of trattorias in town, so don’t be too concerned if your hotel doesn’t have a restaurant. Most serve breakfast and at several, you can get a drink. Of course, you can also buy a bottle of local wine to enjoy it in your room or on your balcony.
The most stylish and expensive hotel in Vernazza is La Mala, which has only four rooms. Equipped with flat screen, satellite TVs, mini bars, and featuring stone walls and wood beams, the rooms also have access to a gorgeous terrace with sweeping views of the ocean. You’ll need to reserve this one well in advance.
Trattoria Gianni Franzi is one of the best restaurants in Vernazza, and they also have two buildings with 23 hotel rooms. Those in the newer building all have private baths but lack the views of the original rooms. There’s a pretty terrace garden that all the guests can enjoy.
Located in the top two floors of an old house, Albergo Barbara has harbor views from the two rooms on the main floors. A few of the other nine rooms share a bath but have a sink.
One of the best-known hosts in Vernazza is Giuliano Basso, who built his four-room inn himself. The building and terrace were made from local stone, and there’s an orange grove beneath the hotel. Four can be accommodated in the family room, and guests can use the shared refrigerator.
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