A little History
The name of the village comes from the Latin adjective verna, meaning “of the place”, or “native”. This term was then used to indicate the wine Vernaccia, which was produced in the ancient village and was therefore famous for being the “local” wine, and the current name of Vernazza.
With the aim of protecting and safeguarding the nature that surrounds this idyllic stretch of coast, in 1999 the Cinque Terre National Park was established, which follows the work of the institution of the Marine Protected Area. The sea is the natural resource that, undoubtedly, best represents the territory: the protected area covers the whole area that goes from Punta Mesco, to Monterosso, up to Capo Montenero, above Riomaggiore.
Places of Interest
Both inside and outside the village, there are plenty of attractive places and charming buildings. A must is a visit to the square located close to the small harbour, stop in the clearing known as “u cantu de musse”, ” chatting corner”, a traditional gathering place for the inhabitants of Vernazza. Restaurants, souvenir shops and anything else necessary for the most fashionable people can be found in Via Roma, plus the typical charming Ligurian landscape, full of colourful houses, clothes hung in the sun to dry, and slate portals of the early twentieth century.
Accommodation, tourism and events
The whole territory is crossed by many paths, with different degrees of difficulty, which allow walkers to spend a day pleasantly, discovering the Cinque Terre and their most hidden hamlets. The most important event in Vernazza is the Patronal Feast to celebrate Saint Mary of Antioch, which is celebrated on 20 July.
The Cuisine in Vernazza
As well as in the rest of the Eastern Riviera, the cuisine in Vernazza is simple, with few farmed meats used, due to the morphology of the territory. The typical dishes, however are not few, and range from the culinary tradition based on fish and shellfish, to meat and products such as mushrooms, preserves, vegetables from the kitchen garden, and above all the aromatic herbs, that can be found easily in the surrounding nature.