Vernazza

Vernazza

Perched on a majestic and fascinating cliff, Vernazza already appeared in the chronicles in 1080 as a fortified village and efficient maritime base of the Marquis Obertenghi likely point of departure and landing of the naval forces deployed for defense against Saracens...

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Considered by many the most picturesque Cinque Terre, Vernazza is documented for the first time in 1080. The significant economic and social level reached by the village in the Middle Ages is still witnessed by the town planning and architectural elements of great value, such as lodges, churches, tower houses and porches. The village is dominated by the remains of the "castrum", a series of medieval fortifications dating from the eleventh century, with a castle and a cylindrical tower . The village is made ​​up of houses separated by a single central street and perpendicular, steep stairways called "arpaie". The most important historical monument is St. Margaret of Antioch, a Romanesque-style church Genoese, whose construction dates back to the thirteenth century, and they have a recognizable body and one medieval renaissance. The hamlet, with its narrow streets magical and mysterious enclosed among multicolored houses, rose, red and yellow, now crowded with tourists from all over the world , is ranked among the top hundred most beautiful villages in Italy, boasts an 'old and long seafaring tradition, a glorious past of sailors and captains. In 1170 Vernazza alongside Genoa fought and won against the Pisans, and as a faithful ally of the Republic, in the middle of one thousand two hundred was involved in clashes with troops of Frederick II.

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