With just three tracks serving regional trains, this tiny Cinque Terre station matches the minute size of its the village itself, which sits high above.
The village of Corniglia, the third of five in the Cinque Terre, sits high above the train station, and can be reached by climbing a steep flight of almost 400 switchback stairs to the left of the station.
The tiny station matches the tiny size of Corniglia itself, with just three tracks serving regional trains: trains to La Spezia stop on track one and to Genoa on track three, accessed via an underpass with stairs. Only regional trains stop at Corniglia, though other direct trains pass at full speed through the station, so it is important to remain behind the yellow safety lines on the platforms. The station has a small bar, public restrooms, and tourist information office; there is no staffed ticket office or luggage storage.
Though panoramic, this climb is difficult to manage with luggage, so the electric shuttle bus that runs every 10 to 15 minutes between the station and town is a convenient alternative. Tickets can be purchased at the tourist information office.
Corniglia’s original train station was built in 1874 to coincide with the inauguration of the Sestri Levante—La Spezia rail line linking the five towns of the Cinque Terre. Completely rebuilt in 1959 when the route was improved and expanded, the current station is a rather bland modern building. What it lacks in charm, however, it makes up for in views, as it sits directly on the coast overlooking the Mediterranean just meters above sea level.
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