When it comes to great Italian destinations, the Cinque Terre tops the list. Made up of five different village to see and explore, this area is filled with endless new things to discover. Here are our favourite attractions in Corniglia, the only of the five villages not located right on the water. |
The WWI Memorial
To reach this hidden gem of Cinque Terre, hike up to Corniglia from the nearby train station via a steep staircase. Once you’ve made it to the top, make a bee-line for the World War I Memorial located in Corniglia’s central square, Largo Taragio. In this main area of the town, you’ll also find a small temple and a few quaint cafés to grab a nibble to eat and take in the views.
Corniglia’s Pebble Beaches
It’s inevitable that you’ll end up at a beach at some point while in the Cinque Terre. Hike down to explore the rocky coves and beautiful lookout points from Corniglia’s three pebble beaches.
From the main square, Largo Taragio, you can simply take a flight of stairs down to Corniglia Marina, the first of the area’s three beaches. Guvano Beach is located just a short distance away, between the town and Vernazza, another village of Cinque Terre. Hike through an abandoned train tunnel to reach Guvano, then carry on to the hidden gem of a beach just beyond the abandoned tourist resort at Villaggio Europa.
The Church of San Pietro
A short walk back to the main square will take you to the Church of San Pietro, a gothic wonder right in the heart of the town. Constructed in the Ligurian style, this church provides a first-hand look back into the region’s earlier history. Not many Genoese-age buildings remain in Corniglia today, even though the Genoese people constructed a variety of fortresses to protect the area when they took control way back in 1276. Today, the church serves as a stunning structure and a reminder of the region’s long history.
Enjoying the Stunning Views
Sometimes, it’s nice to just sit back and take in the views – especially after a long day of walking and wandering through narrow Italian streets and down flights of stairs to pebble beaches. There’s plenty to take in when visiting this quaint village, so make sure you set aside some time to enjoy the scenery. If you get hungry, you can scope out some of the local shops, where they sell the rice, egg and cheese dish Torta dei Fieschi, gelato or some locally-produced white wine.
Take a Guided Cinque Terre Hike
Ready to see Corniglia like the locals do? There’s no better way to explore the region than a Cinque Terre hike with a knowledgeable area guide. These experts will lead you to the best views in town while making sure you see the greatest hidden secrets the village has to offer, too.
Corniglia is full of wonderful sights, sounds and spots to explore. Make sure you bring a pair of sturdy walking shoes, because this Mediterranean village is definitely best explored on foot.
Mauro Bramante is the Director of WalkAbout Florence, an independent business offering unforgettable tours and excursions around Italy including the popular Cinque Terre hike. Whether you want to ride a Vintage Vespa, try the famous Chianti wine or get cooking with fresh local ingredients, Mauro's company promises excitement, adventure and above all, fun. If you're keen to experience the magic of Italy with the help of some passionate and knowledgeable tour guides, look no further than WalkAbout Florence for your next getaway.
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