Corniglia is the only village of the Cinque Terre not directly overlooking the sea.
In fact it stands on a hundred meters high promontory that plunges steeply to the sea.
To reach it you have to climb the "Lardarina," a long stair (33 flights with 377 steps), which leads from the train station to the top of the village.
More linked to the territory than to the sea, Corniglia has an agricultural tradition and an urban typology similar to the one of rural hinterland villages, with lower houses, just recently raised.
The village grew up along Via Fieschi, with houses facing the street on one side and looking at the sea on the other. On a cliff overlooking the sea there are still the ruins of a fortress dating back to 1556.
The most important monument in the village is St. Peter church, Gothic-Genoese style, built around 1350 on the ruins of a previous building. Its front, enhanced with a marble rose, is enriched with many decorations, including a bas-relief representing a deer, the symbol of the village. Interesting are also the Oratorio dei Disciplinati, dating back to the eighteenth century, which offers a breathtaking view of the sea, and the wide Taragio, the small main square of Corniglia, the real heart of the village.