Corniglia is a very small and pittoresque village in Cinque Terre, the only one not located by the sea. From the train station 365 steps or a winding road lead up to the village. The ferry boat doesn’t stop here, so you have to come by train or by foot.
Though there isn’t that much to see in this village, it feels like heaven to have a coffee in the cafe in the piazza and just soak up the relaxing atmosphere. Since the ferry boats don’t stop here, there are hardly any tourists except the most sporty hikers who want to do all the trails (yours truly). You feel (and are) miles away from everything stressful and just feel at one with the Italian countryside, life and love. Stroll up and down the narrow streets, poke your head into a few shops, buy a pistachio gelato and take loads of photographs, before you head West towards the trail to Vernazza.
The trail East bound to Manarola has been closed for the past couple of years, as it was destroyed in some bad storms. Both this and the path between Manarola and Riomaggiore are set to reopen in 2015, however.
You can read my introduction to Cinque Terre and Monterosso al Mare here, and Vernazza here. Tomorrow it’s Manarola’s turn!