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Reviewed October 17, 2019

Vernazza is indeed an amazingly beautiful coastal village, rundown more than a bit and with not much more to offer than the views and access to some awesome hiking. Spent six days there in October (2019) and would have been better off with no more than three nights and two days. In that time could have done the hikes to Monterosso and Corniglia and gotten out of Dodge. October is a shoulder season here, so can only imagine what the summer peak is like. But, the town is overrun, really overrun, with people like us. The lone main street can get almost unmanageable. The trains are jammed beyond what you probably have experienced on the NYC subways and the Chicago "L". Day tourists absolutely swarm in and then the activity gets really, really quiet at night with very few people out. Found the restaurants ok, but nothing memorable. The wine bars on the piazza at sunset were best. My experience with a place to stay was not good, but I heard from some others that their experiences ranged from fine to awful. I would suggest staying in Monterosso, hiking south to take in the incredible views along the coast and then get on to the rest of wonderful Italy. If you don't hike, then maybe be one of those day trippers who come in on the train, walk through a couple of villages, take the ferry back from Monterosso to Riomaggiore and move on. The views are definitely amazing, the hikes great and the gelato really good, but.... Would describe The Cinque Terre as a really good thing overwhelmed by those of us who want to be part of it. And, it seemed the locals share that feeling. Unlike other places visited on this trip, the people here depend on the tourists for their livelihood and seemed to resent every one of us for being there. Or, maybe it was just the end of a long season.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed October 16, 2019

We have always wanted to visit the Cinque Terre villages. This place is beautiful and we visited twice ~ once by train from Monterosso and once by boat from Portovenere. Charming place but the narrow streets are very busy.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 16, 2019

This village is built around a bay with the picture-postcard houses making a splendid backdrop. Take the time to wander the narrow street and climb up to the castle, an old fortress, to gain stunning views all along the coastline.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank KatielouAustralia
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Reviewed October 13, 2019

Undoubtedly an idyllic place that can only be reached easily by boat. We visited as part of a tour of Cinque Terre (the 5 villages). The picture postcards you see show the striking brightly covered buildings but the reality is that the paint has long since faded and is peeling away! You would think the local businesses / authorities would get a fund together to give the place a lick of paint! Picturesque and well worth a visit nevertheless.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed October 12, 2019 via mobile

Vernazza is not as big as its neighbouring Monterosso but it is every bit as lively and colourful. We loved the base for two of our reels to neighbouring villages Nd stayed here for three lovely days

Date of experience: October 2019
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