Corniglia Vacation Packages
Approach Corniglia by rail. Upon exiting the train, you’ll face a zigzagging climb up about 380 steps to the village's charming center. The Scalinata Lardarina staircase is long, but from its starting point at the Trenitalia station to its summit, it offers clear, breathtaking views out to the azure Ligurian Sea. Stop frequently to photograph the incredible vistas, including the next village of Manarola.
Corniglia is the middle village along the adored Cinque Terre trail and the only one of the five that’s not located directly on the seashore. Without a port, Corniglia seems to belong more to the bushy hinterland than to the ocean. Note its blocky pastel houses looking out over the shimmering blue sea from high on their cliffs.
It’s also possible to hike or take a shuttle bus to the village. Wander through its pedestrian-only narrow main street. The town is surrounded by terraced vineyards used for local winemaking. Sip this wine with anchovies in Corniglia’s cafés or sample gelato near the iconic and eerie statue to the village’s war dead in the town square.
Along the old village streets you’ll discover tiny beloved churches including the 14th-century San Pietro, adorned with panels of paintings. Another religious site worth visiting is l’Oratorio dei Disciplinati di Santa Caterina (oratory of the flagellants of Saint Catherine). You’ll get a stunning view from its panoramic terrace.
Corniglia and the Cinque Terre are popular year-round with visitors from across the world. Cars are not allowed into the centers of most of the Cinque Terre villages but the hills are crisscrossed with hiking trails. However, note that the direct walking trails between the five villages may close for extended periods for seasonal weather hazards and landslide risks. Be sure to check the official website for updated information on permitted trail access.
Visit Corniglia by train, shuttle bus or walking trail. For additional great views of the village, travel along the shoreline by ferry and gaze up at this pretty city atop the cliff.
Accommodation in Corniglia
At the moment, Corniglia doesn't offer a wide range of hotels and other accommodation options featuring on our Corniglia hotels page, so be sure to reserve a hotel room if you want to stay the night.