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Wine Bar in Vernazza

Burgus Bar

A charming little hole-in-the-wall, with only a couple of ringside benches looking over Piazza Marconi to the little beach, this neighbourhood bar serves up glasses of the fragrant, ethereal mix of local Albarola, B…
Castle in Vernazza

Castello Doria

This castle, the oldest surviving fortification in the Cinque Terre, commands superb views. Dating to around 1000, it's now largely a ruin except for the circular tower in the centre of the esplanade. To get there, …
Seafood in Vernazza

Gambero Rosso

If you've been subsisting on focaccia, Gambero's house specials – tegame di Vernazza (anchovies with baked potatoes and tomatoes), skewered baby octopus or stuffed mussels – will really hit the spot. Bookings recomm…
Seafood in Vernazza

Gianni Franzi

Traditional Cinque Terre seafood (mussels, seafood, ravioli and lemon anchovies) has been served up in this harbourside trattoria since the 1960s. When it comes to seafood this fresh, if it's not broken, don't fix i…
Fast Food in Vernazza

Batti Batti

Batti Batti knocks out the best focaccia slices in the village (some would say in Cinque Terre), along with bountifully topped pizza. Their friggitoria, a few shops down, turns out fritto misto (fried seafood) to ta…
Church in Vernazza

Chiesa di Santa Margherita d'Antiochia

The waterfront is framed by this small Gothic-Ligurian church, built in 1318, part of a murky legend about the bones of St Margaret being found in a wooden box on a nearby beach. It is notable for its 40m-tall octag…
Gelato in Vernazza

Gelateria Vernazza

Slick gelateria with natural, authentic flavours, dessert cups and vegan specials.