Corniglia (pronounced Cornelia) is perched atop a rock outcropping 400 steps above the train station with stunning views of the Mediterranean.
It is the smallest and least busy of the 5 Cinque terra towns. I arrived on a Saturday (busiest day) and a beautiful sunny day (many tourists out and about) without a reservation. One goes about searching for a camere (room) by asking in the little bars/cafes. The room owners stroll the city center until they find someone to rent their rooms. One café owner took me out into the square- as she knew all of the local women and inquired about rooms – and with luck we must have found the last remaining room in the city – owned by a French woman, Stephanie. The apartment is on the main street (or alleyway), above a bar, and up more stairs. Clean, spacious, kitchen, large private bath, windows overlooking the street directly below. It is noisy during the daytime with the local and tourist street buzz. Not a room with a view but only a few minutes to spectacular overlooks. Using Cornelia as my base for 8 days I’ll hike and train exploring the region.