Hike Cinque Terre: Corniglia-Vernazza
A fabulous hike excursion to discover the Cinque Terre National Park.
Accompanied by a certified environmental and hiking guide, you will walk along part of the famous Sentiero Azzurro (Blue Trail) which links all five villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.
Why choose a walking tour in the Cinque Terre? Because in this way you will be able to grasp the true essence of this marvellous and fragile territory of Liguria: panoramas unique in the world, terraces overlooking the sea dedicated to the cultivation of vines, the scents of a luxuriant Mediterranean maquis, the famous dry-stone walls built thanks to the ingenuity of man who in more than a thousand years has “modified” the natural environment… all this is Cinque Terre!
Walking time: 2 hours
Difficulty: EE – For experienced hikers
Length: 4 km
Height difference: +/- 270 m
The meeting with the guide will be at the railway station of Corniglia, from here you will climb up the stairs composed of 377 steps leading to the village of Corniglia, the only one of the 5 villages not to be on the sea. The village is in fact located at an altitude of about 120 m on a promontory that falls steeply towards the sea.
After a short visit to Corniglia, characterised by narrow alleys, the famous belvedere (a splendid terrace overlooking the sea) and the Church of San Pietro dating back to 1334, you will continue your excursion along the blue trail to Vernazza.
Along the route, whose altimetric profile is characterised by an initial ascent to 270 metres and then a descent to sea level, you will be accompanied by terraces dedicated to the cultivation of olive trees, splendid panoramic views of the Guvano beach, prickly pears and agaves, among which it is not unusual to see some small hawks in flight, until you reach the breathtaking view of Vernazza: the village characterised by the castle with a circular tower that almost resembles a ship ready to “take to the sea”.
Vernazza is the only natural harbour in the Cinque Terre and for this reason had assumed a strategic role compared to the other villages.
The centrepiece of the village is undoubtedly the little square by the sea with the Church of Santa Margherita d’Antiochia, which dates back to the 12th century. After a visit to the village you can choose to enjoy a delicious lemon ice cream or, why not, a fried fish!
Tour duration: 3 hours
Very scenic and exposed hike, very sunny and therefore to be avoided in August!
Recommended equipment: walking shoes, sportswear, water bottle, sun cream and sunglasses.
Price: 150 euro
Not included in the cost of the excursion: entrance ticket to the Cinque Terre National Park