LatitudeLat 44� 8' 7'' N
LongitudeLong 9� 40' 55'' E
Minimum Draught1 m
Maximum Draught6.5 m
Shelternorthern and eastern winds
Port Entrance TimesLimited
Max Boat Length15 m
Near AnchoragesAnchorage of Porto Venere
BansAccess and mooring are ruled by Ordinance n. 07/2007.
DangersPay particular attention to the breakwater and the low rocky sea bottom westward, under the mountain near the entrance of the port. In case of southern winds, entering the port is impossible.
Hardshipssouthern and western winds
Weather Forecast Service
Consisting of a breakwater which extends in a north-easterly direction and pier Ventegà on the west side, the port of Vernazza is one among the most beautiful and charming harbours of the Ligurian coast. It is equipped with a slipway, a garaging area and waste collection service. While entering the harbour, please pay attention to the western area under the mountain, where sea bottom is very low and rocky. At the quay, sea depth varies from 1 to 2.5 m, while inside the harbour it reaches up tp 6.5 m.
The bottom in the harbour is sandy and the entrance is ruled by an ordinance issued by the City Hall of Vernazza, which manages mooring permissions. When entering the port, you have to proceed slowly and pay particular attention to the many rocks raising around the breakwater; there, sea bottom is very low. In case of southern and south-western winds, entering the harbour is really hard, especially on its western side.
Vernazza is part of Cinque Terre, in the province of La Spezia, and it is located between Monterosso al Mare and Corniglia, north and south of it respectively. The whole area is , in its turn, part of the National Park of Cinque Terre, which offers wonderful landscapes both on the coast and in the hinterland. Perched on a mountain overlooking the sea, Vernazza is surrounded by many crops, natural paths and small coves.
Vernazza is a good starting point to visit Monterosso, point Mesco, Sestri Levante, Rapallo and Portofino, in addition to the well-sheltered anchorage of Porto Venere, between Palmaria Island and the promontory hosting the small St. Peter's church.
Vernazza is very crowded by yachtsmen and tourists in summer. Maybe it's the most beautiful among the picturesques villages of Cinque Terre thanks to its well-preserved atmosphere. The village is overlooked by the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Reggio (I century BC).