Corniglia is an ancient village of the Ligurian Riviera di Levante, in the municipality of Vernazza, in the province of La Spezia, is one of the places that make up the Cinque Terre.
Corniglia is located centrally in relation to other centers of the Cinque Terre, located east of the municipal office, Vernazza (to which combines a scenic stroll placed halfway between the summit and the sea) and diMonterosso, and west of Manarola and Riomaggiore. It differs from the other villages of the Cinque Terre as is the only village that is not directly facing the sea, but it sits on top of a promontory about ninety meters, surrounded by vineyards of the characteristic terraces with bands, except the side that look toward the sea. To reach Corniglia from Paddington Railway Station you can climb a long staircase called Lardarina consists of 33 flights with 382 steps, or take the winding Via Station.
The whole village is spread along the route of the main street, Via Fieschi, leading from the parish of St. Peter, to the viewing terrace of the Santa Maria.
Directly below the square of the parish church you can find, on the facade of a house, some remains of medieval architecture, including some small sculptures. It is likely that in that place arose the hospitale the country.
Continuing down the road you come to the carriage road, which forms the Ciapara square (in the local dialect Ciapa), beyond which we enter the narrow street of Corniglia. This narrow road leads to the town's main square, Largo Taragio (er Taragiu in the local dialect) in the center of which is positioned the War Memorial, and dominated the Oratory of Santa Caterina. Behind the church, after a long, steep staircase, you reach a small square called "ditch", which is recognizable from the Tower, the only remaining ruins of the Genoese fortifications dating back to 1556 or so. Climbed on top of what remains of this tower, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the sea and the coast to Manarola.
Another view of the whole of the Cinque Terre coast from the terrace of Santa Maria (90 meters s.l.m., approximately), reachable from Largo Taragio continuing along Via Fieschi. In the corner of the terrace that looks towards Vernazza it stood a chapel, fall into the sea in mid-nineteenth century. On the same side you can see the small gulf that forms the "Marina Corniglia". Also from this side of the mountains, you can see the sanctuary of Our Lady of Grace of San Bernardino.