"Up the steps to the hilltop........." Corniglia by leics
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...actually, in my case that's a lie.
I only had a day to do a whizz round bits of the Cinque Terre: a pre-exploration, if you like, seeing the lie of the land which features so often on the VT Italy travel forum. Seeing if it warrants a further, longer visit in future.
So that's my excuse for taking the bus up to the hill-top village of Corniglia: the railway station is down at sea-level. I did walk back down though (380 steps, called 'Lardarina', took a fair old while....see pic at the bottom of this page).
The bus ride was quite...erm..interesting. Grinding up in first gear, stuffed with passengers, round hairpin bends with rather vertiginous drops.........yes, an interesting 5 minutes but worth the 3 euros it cost me (it's free if you have a Cinque Terre card).
Corniglia is pretty: typical Cinque Terre, narrow alleyways, tall and crowded houses, pastel colours. It must get very full in season, I think, with people who stay and people who visit and perhaps (as with so many places) really is best visited at other times.
There was a Roman settlement here: makes sense, for it's an excellent viewpoint. There was a 12th-century castle too, although its remains have not been located. I'd have liked to see inside the church of S. Pietro, dating from the 14th century, but it was closed when I visited. It has a lovely white Carrara marble rose window (1351).
The surrounding hillsides are carved with terraces, for fields and vineyards....I suspect the terracing goes way back, some of it certainly to Roman times. And some of the houses are also clearly very old (particularly those on the Via Fieschi, the route to the main panoramic viewpoint). One or two had their front doors open: tiny rooms with door and window on one side only.
I liked Corniglia. It warrants a return visit, for a proper exploration.
- Pros:A lot of history in a very small place
- Cons:It's a long way up and a long way down
- In a nutshell:Up the steps to the hilltop.........
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