First things first: If you're coming to the Cinque Terre by train, bring a small backpack with some essentials, and stow your luggage at a real train station (like Florence or Pisa) first. You'll be glad you did.
My wife and I stayed here for two nights, to hike the Cinque Terre, as part of a longer vacation in Italy. Our room was #32, in Building 41, and yes, it was 145 stairs up from the town's main piazza to get to it, but it had a (small) balcony and a spectacular view of the Mediterranean as well as the town. The room was smallish, but the queen bed was comfortable and the location, right on the town's main piazza, was perfect.
As far as amenities go, there was a TV (but we never bothered turning it on), and the full bath (across the hall) was new and well furnished. The bar (across from the restaurant) had great late-night cappucino and/or Amaretto for $2, but the servers at that time were as crusty as they seem to be at any other time. We did get the 10% discount for paying in cash.
After hiking to all five towns, we were glad that we stayed in Vernazza. What worked for us was hiking south through Corniglia and Manarola to Riomaggiorre (stopping and enjoying each town along the way), then hopping on a ferry north to Monterosso (getting spectacular pix along the way), and then hiking that last rigorous leg south from Monterosso back to Vernazza. It was all pretty magnificent.
- Also Known As:
- Trattoria Gianni Franzi Vernazza, Italy - Cinque Terre
- Trattoria Gianni Franzi Hotel Vernazza