How to get to the Santuario di Reggio da Vernazza
If you arrive by car, it is not advisable to start from Vernazza, but rather to choose the opposite route, to park the car more easily.
Vernazza vista dalla mulattiera che porta al Santuario d Reggio
From Vernazza, go up towards Reggio from the center of the village, near the station, taking the stairway marked as path no. 508 (ex n.8). It is one of the most beautiful vertical paths of the Cinque Terre: at first it is rather steep on cobblestones, among olive trees and vineyards, which immediately leads to a beautiful view of the beautiful bay of Vernazza from above, at the height of the cemetery and the church of San Bernardo, where you can already rest on a bench admiring the view. From here the path becomes softer and becomes a path, you can see the stations of the Via Crucis, in aedicules of marble or set in the walls that arrive right at the Sanctuary of Reggio.
Il tracciato verso il Santuario e la Foresteria di Reggio
In Reggio you can visit the Church, which dates back to the Romanesque period to a period dating back to the 1st century BC and documented for the first time in 1248. Inside there are many ex-votos that depict boats in the stormy sea and the image of the black Virgin with the child Jesus who, according to legend, was made by St. Luke, and is instead a work of the Genoese school of the fourteenth century.
Il sagrato del Santuario di Reggio, con gli alberi secolari
Around the Church a beautiful churchyard is shaded by Lecci, cedars, horse chestnuts and by the oldest secular cypress of Liguria (800 years), an ancient source quenches the travelers for centuries. The town of Reggio is no longer there today, but once it was an important center for population and centrality on the roads. From here the population moved to the coast to found Vernazza.
The course can be done in about an ura, for the most trained even 40 minutes can be enough.