Vernazza may be the most picturesque of the five towns that make up the Cinque Terre at the edge of the Liguarian Sea. Colorful, historic homes cling almost impossibly to the cliffs, with a lovely small harbor nestled under the shadows of an ancient castle. The medieval castle, Belforte, towers above the harbor and was built in the 16th century, primarily to protect the village from pirates.
Vernazza also has a natural pier with an amphitheater shape, adding to its striking beauty. The town is filled with history, as a former Roman installation with major strategical importance during the age of the Maritime Republics in Genoa.