Corniglia Travel Guide

  • Corniglia - from the ferry, Sep 2007
    Corniglia - from the ferry, Sep 2007
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  • Le Cinque Terre - Corniglia in the Distance
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Corniglia Things to Do

  • In the distance

    Here and there are several great spots for training a lens at the towering cliffs, tiered vineyards and other little villages that dot the Ligurian coastline, and you don’t need a map or directions ‘cause it’s pretty much impossible to miss ‘em in a town this size. Santa Maria Belvedere at the far end of Via Fieschi; the terrace behind St....

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  • La passeggiata 'round about

    In italy, la passeggiata - the little walk - is a languid stroll customarily taken in the early evening. Corniglia is so small that if you don’t slow your steps you’ll have covered her end-to-end in minutes so it's a good place to practice your promenade, regardless of the hour!Even if you didn’t get here by one of the hiking trails, the only way...

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  • Chiesa di S. Pietro

    St. Pete’s is the other of the village’s two chapels and another bright, airy beauty. This 14th-century (1334) church rests on the foundations of a 1000 year-old chapel - traces of which can clearly be seen along the exterior north side. A stroll all the way around the outside reveals some earlier alterations made to the current structure as well....

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  • Graziosa chiesetta

    Diminutive as she may be (around 300 residents), Corniglia has two of the prettiest churches in the CT. Oratorio dei Disciplinati di Santa Caterina graces tiny piazzetta Largo Taragio and is technically a private meeting/prayer space for a charitable fraternity (casacce) of devotees. She looks older than she is (18th century) and her treasures are...

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  • Just Wander Around...

    Corniglia is a traveler's destination because it is on La Cinque Terre, and because it is "quaint and picturesque." It was not included on our itinerary for any other reason than because it is one of those neat little places to just wander around and experience life in a small town. Other than a few other intrepid travelers, there was little going...

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  • Wine Bonging - io ha bevuto dal pirun

    A friend took us to this small establishment, Enoteca Il Pirun, in Corniglia, IT. The owner was an incredibly friendly local man who treated us all as old friends. We tasted a number of different wines, all taken from the "wine bong". Each wine was accompanied with some small snack and available for us to purchase from his store. We spent a very...

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  • The Cinque Terre trails

    The highlight of a trip to the Cinque Terre is a hike between the 5 villages. The distance from Riomaggiore to Monterosso al Mare is 12kms, and a lot of the trail is steep and rocky.The walk from Riomaggiore to Manarola is the easiest. It is paved all the way, and the hardest part is probably the flight of stairs from the station at Riomaggiore up...

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  • Chiesa di San Pietro

    The Parish Church of San Pietro stands above the main part of the village; appearing to look down on the scene below. It is considered quite unusual for the region in terms of its architectural style, which is a mixture of Gothic and Baroque. Apparently the local nobility, the Fieschi family, who commissioned the building of the church in the mid...

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  • Santa Maria Belvedere

    At the end of town, i.e. the end of Via Fieschi, you will come to the Santa Maria Belvedere, which takes its name from a church that once stood on this spot. From here there are sweeping views of the coast. It is possible to see all of the other four Cinque Terre villages from here – Vernazza and Monterosso to the north, as in my photo, and...

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Corniglia Hotels

  • Da Cecio

    Via Serra 58, Corniglia, 19010, Italy

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

  • La Torre

    Via Solferino 10, Corniglia, 19017, Italy

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

Corniglia Restaurants

  • A Rick Steves Recommendation

    Not a restaurant, but a small shop specializing in organic local products. As suggested in Rick Steves' Italy guidebook, we ordered simple paninis made from locally-baked bread, locally-made cheese, and locally-made salami, then ate them later at the railway platform while waiting for our train back to Riomaggiore.

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  • Coffee break mid Hike

    After hiking from Vernazza to Corniglia one morning, we were in dire need of a rejuvenating caffeine hit.We stopped off at Bar Matteo for a quick espresso. We had been here before, so knew that the coffee would be good, and the sevice friendly. We just had a coffee at the bar, but there is a shady courtyard with plenty of seats if you prefer.You...

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  • Heavenly Respite with a Fabulous View

    As we reached Corniglia, coming down from the high trail on path “7a”, we turned left toward town, then left again at the first road (Via Fieschi) with signs pointing to cool drinks, a restaurant, and rooms to rent. Not knowing what we would find – just hoping for some cool bottled water, really.But we found a tiny paradise. A wonderful, shaded...

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Corniglia Transportation

  • How do I get up there?

    There are five ways to reach Corniglia: • On foot via hiking trail #2 or #7a (if they’re open)• Little green park buses from train station• Hoofing it up the steep road from the train station• Puffing it up the Lardarina from the train station: a 382-step, 33-switchback stairway• By car - which I won’t even cover as it’s not recommended. If you’re...

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  • Take the Green Bus

    The fittest might wish to walk up the hill from the train station to Corniglia, but that was not us! Most will prefer taking the green shuttle bus to and from the village center. In addition to being painted green, my perhaps-faulty memory tells me that it is als "eco-green."

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  • Train/bus/feet/boat

    Corniglia and all Cinque Terre is better to be explored by using a mix of public and private transport +your own feet. A Cinque Terre card (see the Webside link) covers travels by train, some buses and paths, so it's better to get one as soon as you reach any of the train stations of Cinque Terre National Park. It's very comfortable to use all...

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Corniglia Shopping

  • Fivestones: Autentic Souvenir of Cinque...

    Fivestones is a very impressive line of souvenirs, all made with natural materials like wood, stones, twigs, twine, nails, paper and cork.This is a line coordinated and articulated, high aesthetic quality, easily recognizable.Fivestones is the creativity of Italian industrial production as opposed to the Asian market.In many Cinque Terre shops,...

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  • Poke Around All the Shops in Corniglia

    Corniglia is so tiny, just enjoy exploring all the shops and gelaterie on your own. Yes, Corniglia is a bit touristy, but less so than Riomaggiore, Vernazza and Monterosso. As you can see, the streets and displays are still charming. We did buy some t-shirts in a shop I liked called MG at 45 Via Fieschi. It specializes in local artisan...

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  • Great shop in Corniglia

    As we walked into Corniglia we came across the fabulous shop which sold local crafts and gifts.With impatient husbands standing outside, my sister and I had a quick browse and were really impressed with the quality of the items on display. They sold these great Cinque Terre t-shirts with several really cute designs. My sister bought one and has...

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Corniglia Local Customs

  • “Celebrity” beer and wine bottles

    Strolling along the Via Fieschi through the centre of Corniglia we were slightly taken aback to come across this unusual display of beer and wine for sale in one of the small shops that line the street. Look closely at the labels. Each features a famous person from history, religion, even music. But what a bizarre mix of characters! On one side...

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  • Strange beer and wine bottles

    Corniglia is the only place where we saw this but these rather strangely labeled beer and wine bottles were on prominent display along the main street in town - interesting but also a bit disturbing.

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  • When in Rome...

    It really is worth the experience to order food in the correct Italian sequence. Enjoy the leisureliness of an Italian meal. Don't try to force it into you idea of how a meal should be!Be wild and crazy, let the cameriere suggest your cibi e vino!

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Corniglia Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't Slip!

    If you are planning on walking between the villages on the Cinque Terre, then take care!!Some of the paths are pretty narrow, and along the edge of a cliff..... A lot of walkers carry large sticks with them to assist with climbing and helping to stop any slips and falls.Just ensure you have sensible walking shoes and take it easy - it is not a...

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  • There are lots of steps – but exactly...

    Arriving at Corniglia station you are faced with a choice. The village is perched high on the hill above you, and to reach it you can either take one of the little green diesel buses, follow the road these buses take (which is I believe a very long way round), or take the direct route up the Lardarina, a long flight of steps made from brick. We...

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  • How do you say...cimici di insetti di...

    Hello! Yes, I did say bed bugs. We had them in our bed. The other beds in the apartment did not. Not sure how to avoid this or kill them. If you have tips for me...pass it on.We didn't realise until we can home what it was. I showed the bites to a friend. He said tell-tale sign of cimici di insetti di letto!

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Corniglia What to Pack

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't forget to pack some shoes suitable for walking/hiking along the cliffs between the towns on the Cinque Terre.

    When we were walking, we saw one lady in high heels about to set off.....we advised her to turn back!

    Photo Equipment: A camera is a must. The coastline is spectacular. Digital is best - that way there is no limit to the number of photos you take!!

    Don't forget your camera
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Corniglia Off The Beaten Path

  • hiking

    There are two ways to reach this peaceful town.One is hicking from Manarola... From Manarola to Corniglia is perhaps one hour of good walk.The trail is quite easy to follow,the view is pleasant and you can always stop at the small rocky beach to take a dip and have a little snack.The other way is to travel by train....Unless you have strong legs...

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  • View of Corniglia from high above

    Here's a pic of Corniglia from the high hill top road. At the end of the headland you can get wonderful views of the coastline.

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  • People Watching

    One of the great things about visiting other places is seeing the locals doing ordinary things. We took this picture right off the trail as we walked through Corniglia.

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Corniglia Sports & Outdoors

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    by sue_stone Written Nov 14, 2004

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    The highlight of a trip to the Cinque Terre is a hike between the 5 villages. The distance from Riomaggiore to Monterosso al Mare is 12kms, and a lot of the trail is steep and rocky.

    The walk from Riomaggiore to Manarola is the easiest. It is paved all the way, and the hardest part is probably the flight of stairs from the station at Riomaggiore up to the start of the path. Other than that the path is fairly flat and suitable for prams and high heels. This section of the trail is called the Lovers Lane. The walk from Riomaggiore to Manarola is 1km long and takes about 15-20 minutes, depending on how long you stop to gaze at the view!

    The next section of the walk is from Manarola to Corniglia. This section is 3km long and takes about 1 hour. Parts of this trail are again pretty easy, but it is steeper and at times the ground is uneven under foot. The most exhausting part of this section is at the end, once you arrive at Corniglia train station. The station is located at the bottom of the hill, by the ocean, but the town of Corniglia is located on top of the hill....and there are approx 365 stairs to climb up to get up to the village!!

    My favourite part of the hike is the section between Corniglia and Vernazza. This is the most scenic part, through varied landscapes - you walk through olive groves and forest, and then along the cliff edge, with spectacular views coming into Vernazza. This section is 4km long and takes about 1.5 hours to complete, though we found ourselves stopping quite a bit to admire the views - not because we were tired or anything ; )

    The section between Vernazza and Monterosso is the most difficult. It is 4kms long and has lots of ups and downs and steep stairs. It is little less scenic than the others, but you do get a good view of some of the local vineyards. The beauty of Monterosso makes up for it all, plus the availability of a gelato or refreshing vino bianco at one of the many bars helps to ease those weary legs!!

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, water and your camera!

    Taking a hike! Don't forget to stop & enjoy the view! Bill taking a break hold on please Alex!
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Corniglia Favorites

  • The Cinque Terre Card

    If you are staying in Cinque Terre for any numer of days pick up your Cinque Terre Card. It covers unlimited travel in second class trains between the villages (Levanto to La Spezia). Plus it is required if you want to hike the paths between villages. The ticket is purchased at the begining of of the hiking path between villages or you can purchase...

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  • Five Lands...

    Cinque Terre means 5 lands...so apart from Corniglia, there are 4 more towns :Monterosso al MareVernazzaManarolaRiomaggioreThe photo is showing as I passed through one of them on the train...

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  • Back To The Train Station...

    After spending half a day there at the beach, I had to reach back the train station; Had to get back because Vladimir prepared a dinner on that evening with some of his mates.Photo is showing the path just behind the train station where there are some people also waiting for the train to some other Cinque Terre destinations or back to La...

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Take a Hike
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Oratorio di Santa Caterina
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Largo Taragio
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Getting to Corniglia
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By train
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Useful bus
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Fish-selling?
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The Commuter Train
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Terracing: See how they farm!!!
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Just walk around town and look around
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Watch for sleeping cats and cute dogs
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