Corniglia lies high on a cliff above the coast. It is the only of the 5 villages that does not have an harbour. From the station, 382 steps lead you ziggy zaggy to the town. At the top, a sign salutes you.Did you book a room in Corniglia and you had to take your luggage up the stairs, bad luck !
The old centre, of course 'no traffic allowed (or is it 'possible')' has only one street, that leads up to end of the cliff, overlooking the Cinque Terre coast. Half way, some bars around a small square, invite you for a drink or some food.
The pictures below show Corniglia from different perspectives : from the the 'corniche', from teh Sentiero Azzurro to Vernazza and from the main road (there is only one) leading to the village.
The town centre has only one street, free of trafic, going up to the top of a cliff. Halfway is a cosy place, inviting for a drink or a snack. At the end of the alley you find the Belvedere di Santa Maria, which offers a complete 180° view of Cinque Terre Coast, from Portovenere to Punto Mesco.
The Chiesa di San Pietro lies in the center of the town, surrounded by houses. It dates from the 15th century and has gothic as well as baroque elements. The feast of San Pietro is celebrated on June 29th.
The Santuario di nostra signora delle grazie in San Bernardino lies high on a hill behind Corniglia. It lies on the trail N° 8 and is part of the trail connecting the 5 Sanctuaries of Cinque Terre.
From the station of Corniglia, take the stairs (382) to the center of Corniglia.
To get on the Sentiero Azzurro, you need a Cinque Terre Card. It costs 7.5 EUR and you can buy it on the trail.
This is the most beautiful section of the Sentiero Azzurro.
To escape from the crowds on the Sentiero Azzurro, we recommend to take the Sentiero 587 / 586 to Volastra. This trail goes up steeply, but continues rather flat through the vineyards.
An easier alternative for this walk starts in Manarola (by bus Volastra) and then the 586/587 to Corniglia.
The Sentiero Azzurro from the station of Corniglia to Manarola is unfortunately closed due to several landslides in the past years. Late 2014, the trail was almost repaired when another landslide swept it away again.
To walk to Manarola, follow the alternative to/from Volastra.
Entering the town of Corniglia, coming from Vernazza, you will see a terrace covered by a “green roof” on your left side. A good place to recover from your walk and to find some refreshment before entering the town. From the terrace you have a sea view, where you can enjoy sunset in the summer.
Address : Via Fieschi 58, Corniglia
This is a place to relax. “No WIFI available” is even used as an invitation. Sabrina and Eliana serve drinks and snacks, based on the local Ligurian cuisine. In their small shop a few meters down the road, you will find their products for sale.