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Quick guide: Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy

Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy, train station
Corniglia’s train station

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!

Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
The village nesting on the hill, with the train station in the bottom right hand corner
Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy

 

Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy, vineyards
I missed the steps and walked the road up to the village, passing small vineyards on the way
 
Steps from train station to village, Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
These are the steps where I should have come up…
 
Old town, Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
The narrow street leading into the old town

 

Caffe Matteo, main piazza, Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
Fuel up for the hike with a cappuccino and something sweet in Caffe Matteo in the piazza
 
Corniglia, Italian breakfast, cappuccino, Liguria, Cinque Terre, Italy

 

Corniglia, church in old town, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy, old town
Old town, Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
I would love to live in this house!
Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
The view of the village when walking towards the trail
 
vinyards, Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
Corniglia, trail to Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
Trail from Corniglia to Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
Trail from Corniglia to Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
Trail from Corniglia to Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
View of Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
The path was so narrow, this was all of me that an American gentleman could squeeze into the frame
View of Corniglia and Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
You can see both Corniglia on the first peninsula and Riomaggiore on the second
View of Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare, trail, national park, Unesco, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
Here you can see both Vernazza and Monterosso. It takes about two hours to hike from Corniglia all the way to Monterosso, but naturally you’ll need a swim/eat/drink break in pretty Vernazza before you head on

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