Corniglia is the central-most town in Cinque Terre, making it a good place to base yourself if you want to be in the middle of the region. The town is small as the area’s towns go, with the other small town being Manarola.
Corniglia is unique in that it is the only town in Cinque Terre that is not situated right on the water. It is perched high on a hill and has great views of the sea and vineyards. Corniglia’s narrow streets and hilltop location give it a St. Paul-de-Vence feel.
Corniglia is home to some small food and wine shops, good traditional restaurants, and a historic church and tower. The town is one of the most peaceful and relaxing places in the area, and is a great spot to take a break from the bustle of the waterfront. Its shady squares are the perfect places for a coffee or gelato, not to mention great places to rest if you are hiking the famous Via dell’Amore.
Corniglia does not have a beach, but if you’re game for walking up and down some steep stairs, there is a rocky cove at the bottom of the hill that attracts boaters, swimmers, and sunbathers.