Unlike the other localities of the Cinque Terre, Corniglia is not directly adjacent to the sea. Instead, it is on the top of a peninsula about 100 metres high, surrounded on three sides by vineyards and terraces and the fourth side descends steeply to the sea. To reach Corniglia, it is necessary to climb the Lardarina, a long brick flight of steps composed of 33 flights with 382 steps – which on a +30C day is a real treat! At least we came here for a visit and not to stay like some other people. It is a long climb up the stairs and when you are carrying two suitcases – it is basically heart attack to waiting to happen. This village dates back to the Roman Age as testified by the name, which finds its roots in Gens Cornelia, the Roman family to whom the land belonged. The hike up the stairs is worth the spectacular views offered from the terraces perched high on the cliff. Ricotta and caramelized fig gelato is also a treat worth trying.