Corniglia: Cinque Terre´s smallest village

Hey guys,

today I want to tell you something about Corniglia. Corniglia is one of the five villages of the Cinque Terre in the north of Italy, which like all five is known for its colorful houses and narrow streets.
In my last four posts I introduced you to the other four villages, Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola and Riomaggiore in one post each. Feel free to read them as well, I think that's the best way to compare the villages.
What I found very interesting: Corniglia is politically speaking a district of the municipality of Vernazza. It is surrounded by three large vineyards.
Corniglia has stood out somewhat from the other villages, in the way that here, to get to the village, you first have to overcome a small but not to be underestimated climb up a cliff. However, the climb is really within limits, for the steps you need about twenty minutes, and there is also a railing. The very first photo was taken right after our climb. Then you know what the sweat was worth it haha.

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The only place in the Cinque Terre that is not directly on the sea

Corniglia is different too from all the other villages in that it is the only place in the Cinque Terre that is not directly on the sea. Instead, Corniglia is situated on a rock about a hundred meters above sea level. Hence the climb that awaits you immediately after arriving by train. But this also has an advantage: in no other of the four villages you have such a great view as here.
In fact, buses go up the mountain directly from the train station in Corniglia on a regular basis, and it's not just the elderly who get a ride here. I'm not sure, but I think the bus costs money. However, you can also on the way up already make nice photos in one place or another, the picture of me on the wall, where I sit with my back to the sea, was taken here for example. So the climb is worth it ;)
The fourth photo was taken in a restaurant only a few hundred meters away from the first photo. The view was also beautiful here.

How do you like the photo? I think the pink house right on the slope fits perfectly into the surroundings. From the top you have a great view of the cliffs and the green plants that grow on here. The sea has a very light blue, almost turquoise color. Here above blows also enough wind. Nevertheless, as a small tip: Better take some water for the climb and do not take too much luggage. In Corniglia there is also directly after all the steps on top of the cliff directly right a first restaurant. It should be very good, but the prices are also high. Nevertheless, the view here is really great.




The smallest of the five villages

Unlike Monterosso, here in Corniglia there are very few hotels, bars and restaurants. This can also be seen from the fact that Corniglia also has only 250 inhabitants, significantly less than all the other villages. And therefore also fewer tourists, which I found very pleasant. So if you want a more relaxed vacation without partying, this is the place for you.
In Corniglia, as in Riomaggiore and the other villages of the Cinque Terre, you will find the typical terraced fields. This is also where the typical white wine comes from, which was already famous in Roman times.

Corniglia also has many of the characteristic tower houses. It runs along the main street Via Fieschi. This ends at the tip of the cape. From here you can also enjoy a great view of the sea and the coast.

We didn't make it here, but if you have more time, I think it's certainly worth a visit: the highest point of the village. Here you can find the remains of a castle.
In addition, in the upper part of Corniglia there is an old parish church, the parish church of S. Pietro. It was built in the Ligurian Gothic style.




How did you like my post? Have you ever been to Corniglia? how did you perceive this village? and would you come here again?
Feel free to write me your feedback in the comments. See you next time!

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