Situated on the rocky terrain of the Mediterranean Sea, Corniglia Italy is the smallest village in the Cinque Terre region. At approximately 330 feet above sea level, it is also the highest of the five villages. Most visitors start their vacations to Corniglia by catching a Cinque Terre train from the Italian cities of Pisa or Milan, or arrive by car. Corniglia travel is becoming more and more popular each year as people learn about the beauty and history of the Cinque Terre region.
Vacations to Corniglia are usually spent touring churches, drinking local wine at an outdoor café, or hiking along one of the trails built into the bluffs of the village. The main meeting point in the village is the central square. This is the point where town officials have gathered for hundreds of years to discuss official business. The central square is also where you’ll see children playing, adults enjoying the afternoon sun, and tourists planning their itineraries. If you’re on a tour and get separated from your Corniglia travel guide, chances are good that you’ll find him or her in the square.
Most trips to Corniglia include a stop at St. Peter’s church, which was built between the years of 1334 and 1351. The church was built with the sandstone that is local to the region. The edging on the roof, which is adorned with statues of small animals, looks like sharp jagged teeth. The church is also adorned with a white marble window that is carved into the shape of a rose. The remarkable thing about the rose, and the church itself, is how painstakingly well it has been preserved through the years.
Corniglia travel often includes dolphin and whale watching at the Cinque Terre National Marine Park. The park consists of the rocky land and ocean in front of the five villages of the Cinque Terre: Corniglia, Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza, and Manarola. The park was created to preserve the biodiversity of the coral reefs, fish, and fauna in the Mediterranean Sea. The park is inhabited by thousands of sea fans and cetaceans that are free to breed and live without the interference of motorized boats or jet skis. The fish and other sea life attract dolphins and whales that occasionally make their way near the shore.
Although Corniglia Italy is perched upon a rocky bluff, a white sandy beach is still accessible by taking a hiking trail down to the shore. The water is warm enough for swimming anytime besides December and January, when outdoor temperatures are often in the 50s and 60s.
Corniglia tourism booms during the summer months and isn’t as popular in the winter. Although many people travel to Corniglia Italy in the summer, the town somehow remains peaceful and pleasant. This is probably due to the fact that that automobile traffic isn’t permitted in the town. Most visitors arrive by train or leave their car at a nearby parking lot. No matter what time of year you decide to visit, vacations to Corniglia are relaxing and low-key.
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