Corniglia [formerly dead link] is one of the villages of Cinque Terre, in Italy. Travelling northward and southward, Corniglia is the third village and the highest: it is placed on a steep promontory, with two exclusive small beaches at its sides. Like the other villages, it is a shining gem along the sea.
The only true way to enjoy the Cinque Terre at its best is by foot. On the contrary, by foot or by train, otherwise by foot and by boat. The Genoa - La Spezia line stops in all the villages along the coast and the boats make regular shuttle runs between La Spezia, Lerici, Portovenere, Levanto and Sestri Levante. And then by foot, through the Mediterranean bush, between heaven and sea. In fact, the zone of the Cinque Terre is crossed by a knitted mesh of footpaths. The coastal footpath links all five villages, allowing you to be able to hike from the first village to the last village in five hours. Therefore, it could also be ideal to do a single hike or perhaps the more binding along the crest or towards the Sanctuaries: routes or footpaths are numerous, delightful and interesting; they which give a general idea of the area and also offer a brief insight into its exceptional cultural and natural beauty.
Taking the local commuter/milk trains (they used to deliver milk and mail to the cities) to Vernazza from Genova or La Spezia is a magnificent experience. You will ride along the cliffs, overlooking turquoise waters and olive trees. Tunnel after tunnel, the air cools and heats in the sun.
- S. Pietro church. This Parish church, dedicated to St. Peter already appears in a document from 1521. Experts have been able to demonstrate that it was built conserving part of the walls belonging to a pre-existent less important church of the 11th Century.
When you arrive at the train station at Corniglia, there are two ways to reach the center of town. Turn left out of the station and the bus is up and to the right, the walking trail, to the left. The walking trail is well maintained, with 365 (one for each day of the year) gradual steps leading up to the top of the town. Along the trail, as you walk through the vineyards, there are many stops with picturesque views of Manarola, the next town to the south When you arrive at the top of the steps, turn left to head to the center of town. Turn left and walk up the small street (Via Fieschi) that winds through the town, with many small stores and bars with local products. Gelateria Artigianle is well worth the stop for a taste of Gelato to refresh you from the long climb. Enjoy the Miele (honey flavored). Stop by and have fresh anchovies and wine with Mario, the owner of enoteca I'll Pirun. The music here is wonderful blend of jazz and blues. Continue on, and turn left past the church, and up the steps for the best views of Manarola.
As in the other villages, you can find all the typical and touristic products.