Carattino 12

CARATTINO 12:  Idyllic Seafront Family Retreat
2 bedrooms • 1 bath • 3 terraces • up to 6 guests

CARATTINO 12 is a spacious two bedroom/one bathroom seafront apartment, ideal for a family vacation.  This exclusive property is unique in Vernazza, thanks to its 3 private terraces with double panoramic views over the sparkling Mediterranean sea and pastel-colored village.

Relax in the light-filled, airy interiors that are a design lover’s dream offering every comfort.

You’ll love cooking in the gourmet kitchen, dining al fresco and falling asleep to the sound of the waves below. The kids will love the bunk beds, board games, and Netflix!

Our personalized hospitality means we look forward to sharing our local knowledge with you.  In addition to our Welcome Book and “Ruth’s Guide to Cinque Terre”, we are always available to help you in any way.

This penthouse apartment sleeps 4-6 people (max 5 adults) in 93 square meters:

  • 1 bedroom with European King (170cm) bed
  • 1 bedroom with twin bunk beds
  • 1 sleeper sofa with Queen+ (160cm) bed in living room
Amenities | Location

Amenities include:

3 private terraces overlooking the sea and villageWIFI
Air Conditioning and Heat42” Flat screen Satellite Smart TV with Netflix
Fully equipped kitchen with NespressoWashing machine, drying rack, steam iron
Outdoor dining set and lounge chairsComfy mattresses and choice of pillows
Family Board games and booksProfessionally laundered bed linens, bath towels, and beach towels
Toiletries (liquid and solid soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion), first aid kit, hair dryer
Cleaning products and Dyson vacuumCrib and booster seat available upon request


If you want an extraordinary view in Vernazza, you have to earn it: there are 75 stairs to arrive from main street via Roma to Carattino 12. If you have mobility issues or toddlers, this may not be the right place for you. 

The bathroom is small, as compared to American bathrooms, but guests love the water pressure in the shower, lots of storage space and the custom slate countertop and flooring.

CARATTINO 12 can be combined with IL CIASSO for a family and friends vacation retreat.

Prices INCLUDE the Town of Vernazza Visitor Tax (Imposta di Soggiorno): €2 per person (ages 10 and up) per night for the first three days of stay, from March 1 to October 31, 2021. Children under the age of 10 are exempt.


Vernazza is a beautiful medieval village filled with multicolored pastel houses nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the scenic, terraced vineyards on its hillsides. It is one of five Cinque Terre villages in Italy’s Cinque Terre National Park.

Carattino 12 is in the center of Vernazza, found on a caruggio, a typical Ligurian medieval alley, and positioned directly over the sea, up and away from the crowds in a tucked-away location where you will enjoy tranquility.

You walk out the front door, down about two flights of stairs and you are on the main street via Roma. From there, a five-minute walk takes you to the train station, Piazza Marconi, and Vernazza’s harbor and pier (where you can take a ferry boat or meet a private boat tour).

If you want to hike, it is easy:  walk up to reach the trail head to Corniglia or walk down, cross the street and up to reach the trail head to Monterosso or up past the Town Hall to hike to the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora di Reggio (one of our favorites).

We suggest arriving by train because Vernazza is a car-free village, and you will not need a car while in the Cinque Terre.  If you have a car, Ruth can advise you on your best options for parking.  If you arrive by car service, we can meet you at the entrance to the village where you will be dropped off.

Region of Liguria Identification Code for AAUT:  CITRA 011030-LT-0146


Joel | Switzerland

August 27 – 29, 2021

Wonderful place, good location, very clean. Absolutely recommend it. Many thanks from all of us for the warm and informative welcome. Exceeds our expectations.

Leigh | New York

April 10- 14, 2022

There is no better place to stay in Vernazza than here! The apartment is perfectly located and so comfortable. Sparklingly clean, incredibly well-appointed and absolutely beautiful. The views are amazing and you will have everything you need. Ruth is the most thoughtful host and offers amazing recommendations. Cannot recommend this apartment enough!

Svetlana | San Carlos, CA

Oct 29 – Oct 31, 2019

Ruth’s place is amazing and I highly recommend it! The location is perfect and the views are spectacular! The apartment is very comfortable with many hospitality touches. Check in and communication was very smooth.

Kristin | Greenwich, Connecticut

June 22 – 24, 2021

BEYOND ALL EXPECTATIONS! Beautifully renovated, supremely comfortable, immaculately clean, and ideally located apartment, with breathtaking views. Without a doubt the best place to stay in Cinque Terre. We didn’t want to leave! Ruth was the nicest and most thoughtful and attentive host imaginable, leaving us baskets full of goodies, Prosecco in the fridge, and a big bowl of cherries, fresh from the market that morning. Before our arrival she helped with dinner reservations and gave us advice for getting there. And on our last day when we couldn’t tear ourselves away, she generously offered a late checkout. Her guide to Cinque Terre is full of great suggestions for activities, shopping and restaurants. We particularly loved the pesto-making class at Nessun Dorma, the ceramics shop Fabbrica d’Arte, and dinner at Belforte with the best waiter, Andrea! Of course we told everyone that Ruth sent us there, and loved seeing their faces light up at the mention of her name. She is a fixture in the community, and as president and co-founder of Save Vernazza she is committed to preserving the beauty of this most perfect spot in the world and sharing her love of it with others. We will be back!