Corniglia is the smallest town in the Cinque Terre, located on a rocky promontory 100 meters above sea level and does not have a marina.
Therefore, unlike other settlements in the Cinque Terre, closely connected to the sea, Corniglia is the only village where the inhabitants of antiquity dedicated themselves more to agriculture. On three sides, the area around the village is intensely planted with vineyards. To reach the town, you need to climb a long staircase called Lardarina, with 377 steps. If you are not for the effort, we advise you to take the bus and, on the way back, walk down the stairs and enjoy the magnificent views.
The most important monument of the village is the Church of San Pietro in Gothic-Genoese style, built around 1350 on the ruins of the previous building. The facade of the church is embellished with a marble rose window and other decorations, including a bas-relief depicting a deer, the emblem of the village. An organ music festival is held here every summer. We also recommend visiting the Oratorio dei Disciplinati, from the eighteenth century, from which you can enjoy a spectacular view of the sea, and Largo Taragio, the main square of Corniglia, the beating heart of the village.