Corniglia & The Killer Cinque Terre Hike

Corniglia & The Killer Cinque Terre Hike

Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'all
 
If you like: wanderlust-ing, cozy coastal villages, stunning views, Italy, warm sunshine, or hiking then keep reading. Otherwise, just stop – you’ll hate what you’re about to see.
 

Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'all

While in Cinque Terre this summer my family and I set out to section hike the trail that connects the 5 seaside villages. To our dismay, much of the trail was temporarily (perhaps permanently?) closed due to erosion. Considering that the trail teeters on the edge of the cliffs for much of the route, it’s not something we wanted to toy with.
Fortunately, the most scenic portion of the trail was still open for hikers from the village of Corniglia to Vernazza.
First, say hello to Corniglia!
Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'all
Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'all
Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'all
Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'all
This little village is gushing with Italian charm. The only one of the 5 villages without a port, instead seated high above the sea, my sister commented that this village was her favorite. I absolutely loved the rich, warm colors of the buildings against the bright blue ocean.
Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'all
Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'allCorniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'all
After meandering the village for a moment, we set off on our hike. But first, a cliche red-Vespa picture:
Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'allCorniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'all
The trail head was easy to find, just outside of town, and almost immediately challenged us to a serious rocky climb. Packing a solid amount of water is a must. As Rick (Steves) had advised, many, many tourists come to Cinque Terre to do this trek and completely underestimate how challenging it is. My uber-outdoorsy Colorado-living sister was even surprised.
But, of course, the only picture I have to share is where it’s nice and flat. (I’d make a terrible lawyer.)

Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'all

Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'all
The views though… oh mylanta.
Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'allCorniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'all
Soooo terrible, right? Gosh it just makes me want to delete all these photos.
That crystal clear water, jagged coastline and green vegetation certainly casts quite a spell.
Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'all
Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'all
The estimated time to hike between the two villages is an hour and half, which my sister and I nailed on the head. While my parents got sidetracked chatting with other tourists, Liz and I gawked at this postcard worthy view of Vernazza.
Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'all
Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'allVernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'all
You may remember hearing about this village a few years ago when heavy rains caused a nasty mudslide right through the town center. No fear. It’s been completely cleaned up and better than ever. (Vernazza post to come!)
 
Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy | Guten Blog Y'all
Eventually my parents arrived with their new friends and we made our way down to the tiny Vernazza harbor for beer and foccacia. Life is good in Cinque Terre!

Psst, like what you see? Check out my other post from visit to Cinque Terre to the village of Manarola!
  • I read ‘Beautiful Ruins’ last summer and this post makes me think of that book, even though I’ve never been! Such a stunning place.

  • I just love all the colors of the houses!

  • Wow! Amazing pictures!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

  • What a gorgeous place! I’m very much enjoying your Italian trip!

  • I want to go to there.

  • so, so gorgeous!

  • These pictures are so incredibly beautiful. Bummer about the hiking trail, but it looks like you still found some amazing views.

  • Gah! I did the reverse of your hike this summer! LOVE IT! So gorgeous, and so brutal. But just gorgeous enough to keep you moving! 🙂

  • Thank you, this is gorgeous!

  • Again with the colors! So pretty!

  • Your pics make that hike look easy! Nice deception! Xo

  • Gorgeous! I love the colorful building and insanely vibrant blue of the water!

  • I went t Cinque Terre with my family summer 2013 as well, it indeed was gorgeous! Everyone should go there at least once in their lives!

    You have a wonderful blog, just got a new follower! 😉

    http://www.aduaa.blogspot.com

  • Wow, what amazing views! I’ve had this hike on my hiking bucket list for a while (is it strange to have a hiking bucket list?) and it looks so worth it! I can imagine it’s killer, though, when the sun is blasting down on you! 😉

  • This is the cutest village ever. If I lived there I don’t think I could get any work done, I’d just stare out my window all day. That should be a job… Beautiful photos and bravo for knocking out that hike right on time!

  • I didn’t get the chance to visit Corniglia, however I loved Vernazza and Monterosso. Absolutely wonderful!

  • So much Italian coast beauty! and I love how gleeful you look on that bike 😉 I have sore legs just thinking about that hike… well done! x

  • Ha, thanks love! My sister commented below about how I didn’t take a single picture of the climb, so I’m glad to have your sympathy. 🙂

  • Oh wonderful! Which village did you like more? I think I’m partial to Vernazza.

  • Ha, thanks Emily! When you do find that job of being able to sit and stare out the window you let me know. I’d love to join you. 🙂

  • No kidding, we might have crossed paths then – I was there in early August. You have my sympathy, I definitely feel like the Vernazza to Cornigilia direction is tougher. So many steps!

  • No, it is not strange you have a hiking bucket list. In fact, that makes you super cool. So cool that I’d like you to share it with me! 😀

  • Isn’t it just gorgeous?! I also love it – especially the pretty pastel colors they use on the buildings. A perfect Italian daydream.

  • Ha, thanks love! These colors love you right back! 🙂

  • So happy you enjoyed the post Andrea! 🙂

  • Kudos to you – I definitely think you got the better workout by doing the hike in reverse. Seriously, SO many steps… but so stinking pretty. Did you love Cinque Terre? (I’m sure I know the answer.)

  • Thanks, love! I agree – gorgeous indeed.

  • Me too. Right now actually. Let’s go! 😀

  • Thanks, Steph, I appreciate your sweet words about my pictures. 🙂 It was definitely a sweaty but stunning hike!

  • Thanks, Kerri! So happy you joined along! (I’m sorry, I sound so terribly cheesy.) 🙂

  • Me too! I wonder how that’d fly in the States? I’m thinking no. Ha.

  • Thanks so much! Easy to take in such a stunning place. 🙂

  • I know exactly what you’re talking about! I also read that book and definitely felt as though I was on the set the entire time I was in Cinque Terre. It’s a great summer read – one that kind of takes you away, if you know what I mean. 🙂

  • It’s so gorgeous!! Such incredible views!