"The littlest, middlest one" Top 5 Page for this destination Corniglia by goodfish
Corniglia Travel Guide: 85 reviews and 240 photos
It’s said that middle children are often contradictory in nature. Sandwiched between older and younger siblings, they are alternately aloof and outgoing, independent and conformative, secretive and straightforward.
Corniglia is the Cinque Terre’s classic middle child.
While proudly lording over her bookending sisters from a rugged promontory high above the sea, the heart of this smallest of the villages is often overlooked: she can be a little difficult to get to know. She has no harbor so the ferries pass her by; her train station is at the bottom of nearly 400 steps of switchbacking stairway; her access road, while less vertical, is a long, steep climb nonetheless; footpaths from neighboring Vernazza and Manarola are often closed to mudslides.
But with some sweat or just the patience to wait for the little green bus that buzzes up and down the hill, she'll reveal her all of her relaxed and easy charms. Corniglia is completely comfortable in her skin: no need to change her appearance for the hordes of tourists who overrun this region during high season. You won’t find fancy resorts with swimming pools and 5-star services nor a mecca of tchotchke shops and cafes but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t enjoy your company. Boxy pastel houses provide pleasant, unfussy rooms and self-catering flats with million-dollar views, and a few tiny piazzas dotted with colorful sunshades soothe the foot-weary with gelato and wine.
There isn’t much to do: no museums; no nightclubs; no posh boutiques. A stroll through the few narrow, medieval streets turns up a few churches, a smattering of shops, the crumbling ruin of an ancient castle, tiny gardens bursting with flowers, grapevines and vegetables. More adventurous (and less inhibited) types go in search of her racier side: a beach whose location may be clothed in secrecy...but whose sun-worshipers are not. :O)
We spent a sunny morning doing exactly the not-much-at-all one does here and enjoying every minute of it; the acquaintance of this quiet but confident, reserved yet very friendly middle daughter was well worth making.
Disclaimer: a vivid setting was used for most of my shots: colors of the structures are not as bright/intense in reality as they may appear here.
- Pros:Where visitors are least likely to stay; will be quiet at night
- Cons:Maybe just slightly more difficult to access; its small size can easily be overwhelmed by high season crowds
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