Il Ciasso

IL CIASSO: Romantic Seafront Escape
1 bedroom • 1 bath • 1 terrace • up to 4 guests

IL CIASSO is an idyllic one bedroom / one bathroom seafront apartment, perfect for a romantic escape.

Watch the seagulls glide over the beach from the private terrace suspended over the vibrant blue Mediterranean Sea.  Toast the beauty of the Cinque Terre coastline with a cool Cinque Terre white wine as you watch the moon rise over the hill to Corniglia.

This recently renovated penthouse apartment on two levels is filled with natural light, sea breezes and the gentle echoes of the waves.  The floor-to-ceiling water views from the open space living room and kitchen steal the show!

Upstairs, the bedroom boasts panoramic views in two directions, south over the sea and north over Vernazza’s multi-colored pastel houses and terraced vineyards dotting the hillsides.  The interiors are a design lover’s dream offering every comfort in a cozy space.

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Vernazza, descend the steps to reach the main street of the beautiful medieval village of Vernazza to enjoy hiking, swimming, a boat trip, kayaking, biking or taste delicious local food and wine.  A Spritz Aperitivo or gelato in the piazza is always a good idea.

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.

Amenities | Location

This penthouse apartment sleeps 2-4 people in 65 square meters:

  • 1 bedroom with Queen+ (160cm) bed
  • 1 sleeper sofa with Queen+ (160cm) bed in living room

In Vernazzan dialect, “Il Ciasso” is the name of our apartment and the tiny piazza at its entrance.  “Il Ciasso” means “small piazza from where you can see the open sea.

Amenities include:

Air Conditioning and HeatWIFI
Fully equipped gourmet kitchen with NespressoFlat 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 IL CIASSO.  In addition, IL CIASSO is a two-floor penthouse with a staircase connecting the two levels, with the bedroom upstairs and the living areas and bathroom on the first level.  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.

IL CIASSO can be combined with CARATTINO 12 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.

IL CIASSO 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


Graig | Cedar Rapids, Iowa

September 5-8, 2021

The accommodations were excellent, the location and views were excellent and Ruth thoroughly took care of us! We can’t possibly be happier with our stay! Everything was outstanding and the terrace really stuck out because it gave us a place to relax at the end of the day then enjoy a quiet coffee to start the next one…complete with a spectacular view of the Mediterranean. We are already planning our next European trip with the focus on seeing new places but we’ve decided that we must come back to this one. Thanks so much, Ruth!

Eduard | North Port, Florida

August 15-17, 2021

Perfect stay for Vernazza. The location is excellent. The apartment was super clean, new, with incredible views. Ruth was very helpful with plenty of great recommendations for food and things to do.

Chirine | Paris, France

August 8 – 10, 2021

Notre séjour chez Ruth était parfait! Ruth nous a aidé à réserver un parking avec navette alors que beaucoup étaient complets, un vrai plus pour une arrivée sans encombres! Nous avons fait un check in autonome, très pratique quand on n’a pas d’heure exacte d’arrivée ( nous étions en voiture ), les instructions étaient très claires et c’est également très proche de la gare si on choisit cette option. La vue sur la mer est imprenable… et l’appartement est nickel, pleins de petits attention de la part de l’hôte également, c’est très agréable! C’est situé à deux pas des commerces, restaurants et d’un lieu de baignade, et évidement bien placé pour situer les Cinque Terres. On recommande chaudement, le rapport qualité – prix est top.

Travis | Front Royal, Virginia

July 3 – 7, 2021

If I could leave 10 stars I would! This place is the absolute best Airbnb. Ruth is an amazing host with lots of helpful tips and a guide to the local area that I used like my vacation bible. And the apartment’s location, amenities, cleanliness, and beauty is beyond perfect (if that’s possible).