Corniglia & The Killer Cinque Terre Hike
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.
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!
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.
After meandering the village for a moment, we set off on our hike. But first, a cliche red-Vespa picture:
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.)
The views though… oh mylanta.
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.
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.
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!)
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!