The origin of Corniglia dates back to the Roman time. Its name derives from "Gens Cornelia", the Roman family owner of the place. Corniglia is located on a hundred of meters high steep promontory, close to a hill with many vineyards, from which it is possible to admire all the other four towns of the Cinque Terre.
To reach the city centre, it is necessary to climb up the "Lardarina", a long stair formed by 377 steps, or down the street from the train station.
Corniglia has agricultural vocation and has an urban typology close to the rural centres of the interior with lower houses.
The old village develops along Via Fieschi. There are ruins of a XVI century rock. The parish church dedicated to San Pietro is a beautiful example of the peculiar Gothic style of the region.