Cornigila was the first of the Cinque Terre hamlets we explored. No logic or reason we just did. The train from Levanto was a quick ten minute hop, no views all tunnels but a big thumbs up from Son as we got to sit up top in a double decker train.
Corniglia is the only hamlet with no direct access to the sea, huddled on a hilltop you get the most amazing panorama and a climb up 365 steps to reach the village centre from the station if you fancy a challenge. We did, our rather reluctant son did not. He spotted a bus outside the station that went to the village (and was part of the Cinque Terre ticket) so jumped on board post haste and refused to get off. In hindsight he was right. That would have been a climb too far, particularly with a hike later in the day, Husband and I were optimistic to say the least. We live and learn. My advice – take the bus, plenty of chances later for climbing, clambering and all round pushing yourself.
The bus wound its way up the twisty road and right into the heart of this gorgeous village, all colourful houses back to back, crushed and crammed together and perched on a cliff edge. I had read this was the least child friendly village and offered few services. I didn’t think it was any more or less child friendly than the others and as for services, it had any number of nice looking eateries so not sure where that came from either.
We strolled one way towards the hillside – vines, olive trees and the scent of lemons was all around.
The other direction took us into the middle of the village, lots of steps to climb up and down, alleyways galore for Son to explore and terraces with amazing views over the sea.
Husband had spotted a little restaurant on the bus ride to the village. It was back downhill a little way, had its own terrace overlooking the sea and was superb. We feasted on paninis with salty cheese and ham and lapped up the views of the ocean.