While on a girls trip to Italy, we made time to see some rural Italy in between visits to Milan and Florence. Cinque Terre was hands down, the highlight of the trip. We booked it directly, made friends ahead of time over the phone, and couldn't have found more gracious hosts. Our small but sufficient room was above the kitchen and overlooked the terraced vineyards and olive groves that grow in the almost vertical terrain that tumbles into the sea. Getting up to the room was interesting. No comfortable walkway for our nifty wheeled luggage to glide over. We just clambered up some makeshift rocks that were meant to make do as stairs along side the kitchen, into the hotel section of the building and up to our second floor room. The room wouldn't be a key reason to book here. It was small but clean, as was the bathroom. The hot water was a bit meager for the needs of three women, but in all, the accomodations met our needs as we spent very little time in our room. The town is the smallest of the five villages and very low key. There are some small shops and a terrific wine bistro (only two small tables and two stools) where the shop keepers will ply you with plenty of wine knowledge while they offer tastings of their wares. While a there was another restaurant in town and a few other places to grab food, the best food was at Da Cecio's own restaurant. Everything was fresh and prepared to order. The host often made suggestions for us and we were never disappointed. We ate dinner there both nights of our stay. The Cinque Terre trail entrance was right in front of the building and we walked to Vernazza (totally postcard gorgeous) and then continued on to Monterosso. The trail was rigorous but very beautiful. From Monterosso, we caught the ferry to Riomaggiore, then walked the much flatter and wider path back through Manarole up to Corniglia. The final killer was the 350 stairs from the the trail end at the Corniglia train station up to the town proper. When we first arrived, we were a bit concerned that the town would be too sleepy for us, but having stayed there for a few days, I'd book there again. Word of caution if you are bringing a car. The town is so small that parking is by resident permit only. Your car will need to be parked just outside the town boundaries or it will be ticketed. The up side is that the visitor parking is jsut beyond the hotel.
- Also Known As:
- Da Cecio Hotel Corniglia
- Da Cecio Corniglia, Italy - Cinque Terre