Exploring Riomaggiore: A Local's Guide to Cinque Terre

March 20, 2024

Exploring Riomaggiore: A Local's Guide to Cinque Terre

Welcome to Riomaggiore, a charming village nestled in the picturesque Cinque Terre region of Italy. As a local, I'm excited to share some insider tips and must-visit spots for your next adventure here.

1. Embrace the Colors:
One of the first things you'll notice about Riomaggiore is its vibrant colors. From the colorful houses perched on the cliffs to the azure waters of the Ligurian Sea, every corner is a feast for the eyes. Don't forget your camera – this place is a photographer's dream!

2. Wander Through the Carrugi:
Take a leisurely stroll through the narrow alleys, known as carrugi, that wind their way through the village. You'll discover hidden gems like local trattorias serving up fresh seafood and quaint shops selling handmade crafts and souvenirs.

3. Hike the Trails:
Cinque Terre is famous for its hiking trails, and Riomaggiore is no exception. Lace-up your hiking boots and tackle the scenic paths that offer breathtaking views of the coastline and surrounding vineyards. The Via dell'Amore (Path of Love) is a must-do for couples, offering romantic vistas along the way.

4. Indulge in Local Cuisine:
Savor the flavors of Ligurian cuisine at Riomaggiore's eateries. Try the local specialty, trofie al pesto, a delicious pasta dish tossed in fragrant basil pesto. Pair it with a glass of regional wine for a true taste of the Mediterranean.

5. Sunset at the Marina:
End your day with a mesmerizing sunset at the marina. Watch as the sun dips below the horizon, casting a golden glow over the sea and cliffs. It's the perfect way to unwind after a day of exploration.

Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a foodie, or simply seeking a tranquil escape, Riomaggiore has something to offer everyone. Come experience the magic of Cinque Terre through the eyes of a local – you won't be disappointed!

This photo of Riomaggiore can be found in the gallery here.

Cinque Terre, Italy

Riomaggiore is a stunning village just north of La Spezia situated in a small valley in the Liguria region of Italy. It is the first of the Cinque Terre villages as you head north up the Italian Riviera.

Riomaggiore, the southern-most village of the Cinque TerreThe village, dating from the early thirteenth century, is known for its character and wine produced by the town's vineyards. Riomaggiore is in the Riviera di Levante region. It has a shoreline on the Mediterranean's Gulf of Genoa, with a small beach and a wharf framed by tower houses. Riomaggiore's main street is Via Colombo, where numerous restaurants, bars, and shops can be found.

The Via dell'Amore is a path connecting Riomaggiore to its frazione Manarola, also part of the Cinque Terre and the water and mountainside have been declared national parks.

The place is absolutely stunning and if you like it there are four more town all with similar properties but completely unique. Photo © copyright by Greg Ghia.