WARNING: the part of the Blue Path between Manarola and Corniglia is closed due to several landslides that severely damaged it. See note at the bottom of the page
After the cemetery one comes to a fork, where there is a tiny chapel to the Madonna dating back to 1860. The path, which climbs up to, the right takes one to the locality of Volastra passing by the Poggio Le Croci. If one keeps the left, the sea-facing side, one comes across tropical plants, which indicates, among other things, that in prehistoric times the area had a tropical climate.
The last stretch of the path overlooks the artificial beach, created during the building works on the railway tunnel. Before getting to Corniglia’s railway station one reaches an area where, until the Sixties, there passed a one-track railway. You are in the ‘Valle Asciutta’, but, as if to disprove the name (‘asciutta’ means ‘dry’) you will find two fountains. Once you have crossed the canal, walking besides the beach, you will get to the station. The last tiring leg awaits you: 377 steps of the ‘Lardarina’ stairs will lead you to the village, 90 metres above the sea. The overall height difference of the path is 120 metres.
To date (may 2015),the blue path is closed between Riomaggiore and Vernazza due to various landslides that severely damaged the path.
Notwithstanding the investments of the Park, almost certainly the path will remain closed for the entire touristic season 2015. As alternative to reach Corniglia we suggest the trail 6 Manarola->Volastra and 6/D Volastra->Corniglia total time 120 min. It’s a bit more challenging than the path #2 but it’s a spectacular itinerary with amazing views.
IMPORTANT: to walk on path 2 one has to pay a ticket. As alternative we suggest to purchase the “Cinque Terre Card”
TREKKING ON THE PATHS OF CINQUE TERRE WITH NATURALISTIC GUIDE!
Vi racconterò del territorio e della sua gente, osserveremo insieme questo paesaggio che spicca, si distingue, suscita emozioni…[Sara B.]