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 race...perhaps you should leave the high-heels at home ; )
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 opted for the latter, noting the sign at the foot that warned us that there were 365 steps in total. These steps are generally quite shallow, so not too onerous, but the lack of shade (we were there at about 2.00 PM) made it hot work. The views from the steps are lovely though, which gives you a good excuse, should you need one, to pause and cool off a little. On arriving at the top we were greeted with a sign welcoming us to Corniglia and congratulating us on having climbed 382 steps to reach the village. When I read this I decided to count the steps on the return journey, which I duly did, and discovered that it was the sign at the top that had the correct number. So if those extra 17 steps are going to bother you, don’t believe what you read at their foot!
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If you are planning you stay in Corniglia there is a bus that goes from the train station to the village center. It is sporadic. Do not rely on it!
Make sure you have wheels on your suitcase. Or if you have a backpack you can take the path next to the train tracks that lead you to the 343 step. The road might be easier to get you to your accommodations. You can take the steps another day. And I'm sure you will!
Once you make it to the village you can check on teh frequency of the bus. In the center of the village, or main cross roads (if you can call them that) a hand written sign will be posted by the notice board.
If you plan to hike between villages wear sturdy shoes! Also wear a hat, bring sun glasses. And at least a water bottle.
I can't tell you how many people we ran into on the path that looked like they were going to keel over. And the million gelati question from passing hikers: "How much farther is it?"
Some paths between village are not difficult. But if you are going the way of Corniglia to Vernazza, Vernazza to Monterosso be warned.
If you catch the train to Corniglia and want to visit the town - just be warned.
The train station is located down by the ocean, but the village of Corniglia is perched up a cliff.....and there are approx 360 steps to climb to get there!
Ok, they are not difficult steps, but if you are step-challenged then this may be an issue.
At certain times of the year there is a small bus that you can catch from the station up to the town.
The photo shows me mid-way up the steps....phew!