La Grotta Byron is located after passing the Porto Venere channel and when the the navigation path to Riomaggiore begins. The "Grotta" (grotto, or cave in Italian) is a dive site that's part of the eponymous creek. In his time, it was very dear to Lord Byron, ve used to spend long and intense moments of meditation there. The cove is protected from inclement weather by a rocky cliff, on which the Church of San Pietro stands on one side, and the city's ancient walls stand on the other. It's a lovely spot, ideal for spending some time after a day of visiting Porto Venere and Palmaria Island.
The staircase (via alla Marina) that allows access to Corniglia Navy originates from Long Taragio, opposite the war memorial Corniglia. The stairs have a steep descent to one of the few coves within walking distance of the Cinque Terre area. The charming little Gulf is characterized by a small pier, protected on the left by a small spring, and its proximity to the promontory of "le tre croci". On the opposite side of this promontory, following the coastline to Vernazza, we reach Guvano Beach, located under what is left of the wall of the former railway line. A swim in the Marina of Corniglia is the best reward after a day of hard hiking through the Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre. In fact,as the apartment was in La Spezia, we took the train to Vernazza and from there we walked along the coastline to Corniglia. And upon arrival, to compensate for a typical sweltering August day, we decided to take a dip in the marina. It was undoubtedly the best idea we had!