Vernazza Cinque Terre: Shades and Coves

Trying to describe the famous Italian Vernazza Cinque Terre is a true smorgasbord of cliché. But honestly the vineyards do tumble down the golden cliffs. The air is thick with the scent of fresh broken basil leaves and the zest of lemons and the last rays of light illuminate the pastel houses teetering over the coast. For many Vernazza is the poster child for the delightful cluster of villages with its humble pebbled cove, its tiny piazza and its original harbor dating back to the depths of the Middle Ages.

Vernazza Cinque Terre 1

Image Courtesy: flickr.com/JérômeDecq

In the right season the surrounding cliffs permeate the air with wildflowers blazing in every color imaginable, the waters shimmer in shades of cobalt and turquoise and everyone clutches gelato in their hand. This is the place to be to sip local family wines, taste elegant sea seasoned dishes and fall in love with the romance of Italy all over again.

The coastal trails stringing the five villages together offer bountiful walks with the chance to pick fresh figs, scented wild garlic and fat juicy oranges along the way. This is indeed the Eden of food with warm baked focaccia, salted anchovies, fresh pasta and plump mussels adorning every menu in the tiny town. Sweet desert wines cling to the palate, tiny boats brush past your peripheral view on the blue horizon and at night the lights twinkle enchantingly in the bay.

rnazza Cinque Terre 2

Image Courtesy: flickr.com/KellyHunter

A burst of vibrant pensions, cozy B&B’s and pint size hotels scatters the Cinque Terre and those seeking to sleep in the bliss of Vernazza should search simply for a soft bed and private balcony. Nothing can compare to waking up fresh on a summer morning and sipping robust velvet coffee from the charm of your own table with startling views sweeping down to the blue eyed sea. Visitors should remember that only a few years ago this picture perfect town was ravaged by a stormy landslide and is still very much in the process of rebuilding its world. Yet when sleeping in character fresh apartments, dining on seafood in peaceful trattorias and riding a boat along the bay it’s easy to forgo thoughts of tragedy in favor of beauty and tranquility.

rnazza Cinque Terre 3

Image Courtesy: flickr.com/JosephHunkins

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
Jodie Oakes