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


Paul | Little Silver, NJ

April 10 – 13, 2022

Ruth is a rare find as a Host. Not only is her apartment spectacular in terms of location, amenities and views, she enthusiastically shares her knowledge of Cinque Terre to make sure her guests have an unforgettable visit!

Brent | Sacramento, CA

November 5-10, 2021

I have been using Air BNB for a long time and this is one of the top 2 places at which I have stayed. Ruth is amazing. The communication up to and during the stay were top notch. Ruth was in contact with us at multiple points up until we arrived when she met us at the Vernazza Train station. She showed us the town and then took us up to the apartment where she spent a good amount of time making sure we were oriented and answered every question. She assisted us in booking our Covid Tests to fly home, a boat tour and letting us know about the amazing restaurants.

The apartment was stocked with snacks, water and Prosecco to start us off. The apartment itself is secluded from the town in that when you are on the balcony, you feel like you have the Mediterranean all to itself. This cozy apartment has plenty for what you need during this stay in this very active area. I am so happy with our decision to stay at this apartment. It is the total package!

Zack | Philadelphia, PA

October 18-22, 2021

We booked this for our honeymoon and it was just perfect for us. This really is a prime location among the 5 cinque terre towns: close to the train, lots of life in vernazza, and with the gorgeous seaside views. Plus the hiking trail is right by the house. Ruth was very communicative and helped any time we needed a booking, including for the car parking lot. Will definitely come back.

Kevin | Alexandria, VA

October 7-10, 2021

Cannot beat this combo: fantastic location, beautiful and well-appointed property, and amazing terrace view, plus the most hospitable and helpful host we have ever have the good fortune to have rented from. If we could give an extra star for communications, check in, and location, we would – all three exceeded our expectations. Great stay in Vernazza!