Carattino 12

CARATTINO 12:  Idyllic Seafront Family Retreat
2 bedrooms • 1 bath • 2 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 2 private terraces with double panoramic views over the sparkling 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:

Air Conditioning and HeatWIFI
Fully equipped gourmet kitchen with Nespresso42” Flat screen Satellite Smart TV with Netflix
Outdoor dining set and lounge chairsWashing machine, drying rack, steam iron
Family Board gamesComfy mattresses and choice of pillows
Luxury toiletries (liquid and solid soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion)Hair Dryer
First Aid KitProfessionally laundered bed linens, bath towels and beach towels
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


Brian | Calgary, Canada

August 30 – September 2, 2021

What a fantastic experience, great place, location and amenities. Could not have been better, highly recommend this spot…Ruth knows the area very well and literally made our vacation. 10/10!

Samantha | Chicago, IL

Sep 1 – Sep 3, 2019

This airbnb is worth every penny. My group of friends was a bit concerned about the price so we stayed at more budget-friendly options for the remainder of our trip, and we all agreed this one was entirely worth it! You’ll wake up to the sound of the waves crashing underneath you, then spend your morning barefoot on the patio watching the sunrise. Cinque Terre has my heart, and this apartment is, I promise, exactly where you want to stay in Cinque Terre. Two night was not long enough, I could have spent a full week here.

Andrea Christina | Horgen, Switzerland

Jul 25 – Jul 28, 2020

AMAZING place, home and host! The flat is extremely beautiful, clean, and in a perfect location! Ruth, our host was wonderful, extremely friendly, helpful and was anticipating all our needs throughout our stay! We (2 adults & 3 kids) truly loved it! Thank you for everything, Ruth!

Frank | New Melle, MO

Sep 12 – Sep 14, 2019

The home is much nicer than the pictures show – very well appointed, modern, and clean. A very lovely home with great view!