We had vouchers for breakfast at a restaurant in the harbour and watched the town come to life. On the path again, from the steep steps up from Vernazza we had a great view of the village and Monterosso in the distance. Passing through tiered vineyards and olive groves, some abandoned, and Mediterranean “scrub”, the trail was less demanding (and less busy) than yesterday, although it did involve some steep climbs. A bar and coffee shop half way to Corniglia served 8.5/10 Segafredo espresso and provided great views down to the village.
Corniglia is the only village of the five not directly beside the sea, sitting on a promontory 100 mètres above, surrounded by vineyards, and from which all of the villages of the Cinque Terre can be seen. It is the smallest and least touristy village. But, like all of the others, Corniglia contains an impressive 13th Church, the Chiesa Di San Pietro. Also, it offered the same quality gelato, this time local honey and walnut.