Guvano is one of three beaches of Corniglia; it is a legendary local place in the imagination because it has behind it the story of the naturist beach. Anyone in the Cinque Terre area has a fantastic story to tell about the Guvano beach. No matter whether true or invented stories: everyone has an anecdote on this magnificent stretch of coastline. All started in the 70s when the wonderful Guvano became the gathering place of a cosmopolitan hippie community. Just then was born the myth of Guvano Nudist beach: transformed into a kind of autonomous territory, thanks to its secluded nature, the enchanting bay conquered an irreplaceable place in the imaginary, made stronger by the curiosity aroused by naturism. To strengthen the image of “prohibited place” the voices of the cavalier use of LSD of the beachgoers.
The charm of Guvano, especially seen from the path number 2 that runs between Corniglia and Vernazza, is unchanged: a beautiful unspoiled beach of pebbles, lapped by turquoise water and surrounded by the most typical of the Mediterranean flora. Despite what you read on the net, however, reaching it is not so easy, either using the shortest way or being prepared to trek for long. The gallery that was part of the old course of the railway and that led from the village of Corniglia to Guvano a 15-minute journey in the dark, in fact, was closed on order of the town of Vernazza because it was unsafe. The same document also states clearly that the whole area is subject to the risk of landslides and how it should be avoided by stopping the whole area. Meanwhile, the situation of the street that leads from Corniglia-Vernazza trail Guvano (following the sign “craft” Free Beach, more or less half of the route) has worsened. The hour and a quarter walk required following this route, thus, has become particularly inaccessible. Pending put everything back safely, Guvano awaits. So the legend already has a place.