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


Sherri | Vail, Colorado

June 16 – 18, 2021

If we could give this place 10 stars we would! We had the most magical time, largely to Ruth and her fabulous hospitality. I can’t say enough good things. The condo itself is quite literally the best ocean view EVER, super clean and she even leaves nice welcome touches for you like fresh fruit. We felt so spoiled. Way above and beyond for the typical Airbnb. Thank you again!

Justin | Chicago, IL

Aug 20 – Aug 22, 2019

Ruth’s place does the pictures justice – incredible views, clean and updated, and very focused attention on her part to ensure a pleasurable stay. Thanks Ruth for showing AirBnB hosts how it could/should be done!

Brendan | New York, NY

Aug 22 – Aug 24, 2019

We’ve stayed in over a dozen Airbnbs, and this is hands down one of the best! We came here a year ago for our honeymoon and knew we had to come back again for our 1 year anniversary. Not only is this place spectacular in location and appearance, but Ruth is also the most incredible host. If you’re considering staying in Vernazza, do yourself a favor and book this place now!

Hiltbrand | Ridgeway, WI

Sep 25 – Sep 27, 2019

We were a hot mess headed in late and flustered. The entire trip there, Ruth helped us with advice on what to do when our trains were late and all seemed impossible! We were expected to arrive much earlier than we did and Ruth welcomes us with smiles and such happiness that it felt like all would be okay. And it was more than okay! The apartment is something out of dreams! The views from every window and door are incredible! She thought of literally EVERYTHING! If I can get back to Italy, it will be to spend the entire trip at Ruth’s place! Vernazza was our favorite and had so much charm and wonderful shops, people, restaurants—you will not be disappointed! Ten stars!