Last update: April 21, 2024.

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What to See and Do in Corniglia

Explore the unique attractions in Corniglia.

Corniglia is the third and central village of Cinque Terre. It's the smallest village, which is why tourists often overlook it when visiting Cinque Terre in a single day. However, despite its size, this charming village has its own distinct charm and is well worth special attention.

View of the houses of Corniglia from the Blue Trail, Cinque Terre
View of the houses of Corniglia from the Blue Trail

First and foremost, Corniglia is perched on a cliff, while the train station is at the base of this cliff. They are connected by a bus or 382 steps of a staircase (we recommend taking the bus up and walking back down to enjoy the beautiful view). The bus costs 1.50 euros if purchased at the station (or 2.50 euros if bought from the driver). However, if you have a Cinque Terre Card, there's no need to buy a ticket; your ride is included.

At the bottom of this page, you'll find a map with the key locations marked; it will come in handy!

You can visit Corniglia at any time; great photos can be taken regardless of the sun's position. Unsure where to stay in Corniglia? Don't forget to use Booking.com's search! With filters, photos, and reviews, you'll find the perfect accommodation to suit your taste. Book today and enjoy a wonderful stay in Corniglia!

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This is the only village in Cinque Terre where, upon exiting the train, you DON'T find yourself in the center. Instead, you hop on a bus that will take you to the central street in just 5 minutes. Along this street, you'll discover numerous cozy restaurants and bars where you can savor traditional local cuisine. The central street runs through the entire village to a large panoramic square. Corniglia boasts two beautiful churches: the Church of Saint Catherine (on the central square) and Saint Peter's Church (a 2-minute walk in the opposite direction from the bus stop). All of them are marked on our map.

Central square of Corniglia, Cinque Terre
Central square of Corniglia
Staircase (382 steps) to Corniglia station, Cinque Terre
Staircase (382 steps) to Corniglia station

There's also a quiet beach here, although swimming in the sea can be a bit challenging due to the many large rocks. To reach the beach, you'll need to descend nearly 400 steps and then climb them back up again, as the train station is on the other side of the cliff.

Corniglia is the tiniest village among all the Cinque Terre villages, and you can spend about one to two hours here, including the walk to the train station.

Since you've already made your way up to Corniglia, you can take a walk from here to Vernazza. The trail won't be too difficult as it doesn't gain much elevation and is mostly downhill. For more detailed information about Cinque Terre trails, check out the page "Trails: Map and Status."

Main street of the village, Corniglia, Cinque Terre
Main street of the village
St. Peter's Church, Corniglia, Cinque Terre
St. Peter's Church
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In Corniglia, local residents rent apartments as there are very few hotels here. If you enjoy tranquility, then Corniglia is the place to stay.

Inside the village, Corniglia, Cinque Terre
Inside the village

If you want to learn more about Corniglia, you can also visit this website: Corniglia - www.bestofcinqueterre.com.

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Here is a map showing the places we recommend you visit in Corniglia.

Text printed from www.cinqueterre.holiday website