Corniglia, Cinque Terre
Surprise! I was not expecting much from the smallest of the Cinque Terre villages, and the most remote from the sea. Set on top of a mountain, it was necessary to climb about 300 steps to reach it from the train station. Steep steps — and lots of them — have become a way of life for Martin and I. It’s the price one pays for stunning views and plates of pasta.
The rewards: Fresh morning breeze, glimpses of sea glistening with golden sunshine, and . . . Corniglia, a charming place.