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


Natalie | Liverpool, UK

Sep 4 – Sep 8, 2020

Ruth is a wonderful host and her apartment is the most beautiful airbnb I have ever had the pleasure to stay in. The apartment itself is modern and well equipped with everything you could need and more. Ruth is an extremely attentive host and clearly has a great eye for detail and pride in the accommodation she offers. The apartment is set in an idyllic location overlooking a small rocky beach and out to the beautiful Mediterranean sea. I will very much miss sitting on the balcony and listening to the ocean and I hope to be lucky enough to stay here again in the future.

Robert | Walhain, Belgium

Aug 24 – Aug 27, 2020

Perfect stay, thanks to the amazing place and the excellent welcome we had from Ruth!

Julius | Augsburg, Germany

Aug 19 – Aug 23, 2020

Worth any price! The apartment is beautifully situated with a fantastic view. We had wonderful days and will come back very soon. The hospitality and the great tips to get the most out of your holiday are really awesome.

Alison | Ballymena, United Kingdom

Aug 15 – Aug 17, 2020

I cannot recommend this apartment enough or Ruth who owns it. The apartment is one of those romantic little gems that you would never get bored of. It is beautiful and thoughtfully decorated and has everything you could possibly need provided. Ruth is an excellent host and gave us so much advice and help from the very start. We would never have managed the car parking or train without her help. She goes above and beyond and is passionate about the area and had excellent recommendations for activities and restaurants. The home was spotlessly clean and we wished we had booked a longer stay. We will definitely be back.