The church is dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, known as well as church of Saint Lawrence, patron of the village. It was built in Gothic style by the Maestri Antelami in 1338, as it indicates a cornerstone in the facade. The pointed arch portal is decorated with a bas-relief representing the martyrdom of Saint Lawrence, while the rose window it is adorned by twelve little columns. The XIV century squared bell tower was an ancient defensive building. The baroque inside has three barrel vaults aisles. On the main altar we find a XIV century triptych with the Madonna with Child, Saint Lawrence and Saint Catherine. On the aisle, a second triptych coming from the church of Volastra with Saint Lawrence, Saint Dominic and Saint John the Baptist.
The Sanctuary of the Madonna of Soviore is situated on the upper side of Monterosso al Mare 464 meters above the sea. The first written record of the sanctuary and shrine of Soviore is in 1225. There are records in the Church showing the cult was active in 1300. In 1484 Innocent VIII granted a plenary indulgence for visitors to the shrine.
Catholic churches have been erected in honor of Saint Francis in many cities of the world across the centuries and Vernazza is no exception. Saint Francis of Assisi is much loved throughout Italy. He founded the monastic mendicant order which preached asceticism. This monastery was built in Vernazza in the XVII century, although the quadrangular tower and the supporting walls that form part of it were built hundreds of years before.
Constructed in 1318 in Ligurian gothic style by the Maestri Antelami, the church of Santa Margherita d'Antiochia rose on a pre-existing XI century building. It was built on a rock in front of the sea, with an impressive 40 meters belfry adorned by a pointed shape dome. It had three aisles and was widened in the XVI and XVII century. According to the tradition, the church was built because a wooden box with the bones of Saint Margaret was found on the beach. But the inhabitants decided to build the church in the Isolotto quarter and a strong sea storm destroyed it and the relic got lost. Time after, it appeared again in the original point and the population then erected a new church there, where it stands now.
During your trip to the Cinque Terre, between the Capuchin monastery and the Torre Aurora, you can admire the beautiful statue of St. Francis overlooking the sea. A moving Bronze statue depicting St. Francis with his faithful wolf. According to tradition, the Wolf of Gubbio was terrorizing the town of Gubbio, killing and eating many livestock and even a few of the townspeople. Saint Francis was able to tame the wolf and stop the killing through his love of animals and all of God's creation.
Eremo di Sant’Antonio, a 13th-century monastic hermitage at Punto Mesco, reachable with a little hiking from Monterosso. From Punta Mesco, observation point of the Mediterranean cetacean, the way down to Monterosso offers a panorama over the entire coastline of the Cinque Terre.
The church of San Giovanni Battista was built between 1244 and 1307 in Ligurian Gothic style. The beautiful facade is decorated with white and green marble. It has a pointed arch between little marble column surmounted by a rose window attributed to Matteo and Pietro from Campiglio. Like the churches of Vernazza and Corniglia, the inside narrows progressively towards the entrance. The bell tower crowned by merlons was originally a medieval defensive tower with a rectangular plant in green stone.