Cinque Terre Park – Vernazza and Corniglia

Cinque Terre Park – Vernazza and Corniglia

Small beaches, terraces on the sea, small harbours and vineyards overlooking the villages. Welcome to the heart of the Cinque Terre, the national park and marine protected area, a UNESCO heritage site. Corniglia and Vernazza are a spectacle of perfect balance between the beauty created by nature and that built by man.

IAT: Centro di accoglienza di Corniglia - Via alla Stazione - Stazione Ferroviaria Corniglia - 19010 Corniglia (SP)

Telefono: 0187 812523

Email: accoglienzacorniglia@gmail.com

Petrarch and Boccaccio mentioned Corniglia in their works for the goodness of its wine.

Corniglia, a terrace on the sea

Built on a natural terrace elevated above the sea, Corniglia is one of the pearls of this fantastic area. To get to the heart of the village you have to climb a thousand year old staircase, but once at the top, your effort will be repaid by so much beauty. Strolling through its alleys, you will discover small churches such as St Peter's, with its Carrara marble rose window. And then the panoramic terrace of Santa Maria.

Vernazza probably owes its name to an ancient Roman family: the gens Vulnetia.

Beaches

Nearby is the Guvano beach, famous for its nudism;then there is the Spiaggione beach, close to the train station and not always accessible due to the tide.

A beautiful halfway path crosses the Rio di Vernazza, and leads to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Reggio.

Vernazza, a natural harbour

Vernazza, too, is located on the slopes of a rocky spur and is characterised by climbs and descents, flights of steps and picturesque views. Spectacular is the small square by the sea with the beautiful church of Santa Margherita d'Antiochia, in Romanesque style and the work of the Antelami masters on an earlier building. Here is one of the few harbours in the area;a natural marina. While strolling through the creuze ('crose'), as the old sloping streets are called, one discovers a village rich in decorated portals and arcades. All dominated by what remains of a castle with its splendid 70 metre high tower. Above the village, that you can reach on foot along a path, is the peaceful oasis of the sanctuary of Our Lady of Reggio.

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