Corniglia is in the heart of the Cinque Terre being the middle village of the “five lands”. Unlike the other 4 towns (Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola and Riomaggiore) it is actually quite high above sea level and this gives some great views of the valleys, the vineyards and the sea. There are plenty of places to stop and marvel as you take in the steep terrain and the houses perched on the side of the hills.


Street in Corniglia - Cinque TerreBe warned that if you use the train (highly recommended as a method for seeing the Cinque Terre) then you will have a large climb ahead of you – 382 to be exact – to reach the town. However, once you reach the top, you are treated to great views of the many different sides of the town and the views are spectacular.

Wandering around the centre, you can find narrow alleys and cute little shops. Although when we were there in November some places were closed, there were lots of local people (they were speaking Italian) out and about so the gelaterias were open as were restaurants and bars. Finally, as you reach as far as you can go, at the top of the town is a lookout that gives great views of the sea. Take someone special there at sunset and you won’t be disappointed!

Sunset in Corniglia in Cinque Terre

Something that you find as you travel through the Cinque Terre is how different each place is. At the beginning, I thought that maybe these small villages had performed a great marketing trick: packaging themselves together but I’m happy to say that I didn’t find that to be the case. Even now as I am adding a video of each town, I have no problem recalling what we did where, so clearly individual and unique are the different places.

The Church in Corniglia in Cinque Terre


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