Hike Corniglia to Vernazza ★★

Corniglia as seen from the Cinque Terre trail between Corniglia and Vernazza, Hike Corniglia to Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy (Photo by Jim Walton)
Corniglia as seen from the Cinque Terre trail between Corniglia and Vernazza

A rougher but even more scenic 4km/2.5 miles: 90 min

The Cinque Terre trail between Corniglia and Vernazza, Hike Corniglia to Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy. (Photo by Tangopaso)
The Cinque Terre trail between Corniglia and Vernazza sometimes gets steep enough it turns into stairs, Hike Corniglia to Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy. (Photo by Tangopaso)
Vernazza as seen from the Cinque Terre trail between Corniglia and Vernazza, Hike Corniglia to Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy. (Photo by Jim Walton)

It gets tougher but more picturesque from here, a scenic mix of moderate-to-tough trails between Corniglia and Vernazza (the postcard village of the bunch, its stack of pastel houses curved around a cove beneath a pirate lookout tower).

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  • Corniglia as seen from the Cinque Terre trail between Corniglia and Vernazza, Hike Corniglia to Vernazza, Italy (Photo by Jim Walton)
  • The Cinque Terre trail between Corniglia and Vernazza, Hike Corniglia to Vernazza, Italy (Photo by Tangopaso)
  • The Cinque Terre trail between Corniglia and Vernazza sometimes gets steep enough it turns into stairs, Hike Corniglia to Vernazza, Italy (Photo by Tangopaso)
  • Vernazza as seen from the Cinque Terre trail between Corniglia and Vernazza, Hike Corniglia to Vernazza, Italy (Photo by Jim Walton)

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The trails linking the five villages—especially the rugged Vernazza-Monterosso section—offer a wonderful and rewarding mix of environments and scenery