Affittacamere Ca Dei Lisci

Via Colombo 36, Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, 19017, Italy

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Riomaggiore with Toddler

by whereismalinda

Hi,
We are looking at staying in an apartment at the top of Riomaggiore with our toddler (will be 21months). How do you recommend we get around with her? Is there an 'easier' way to get up and down the hills. I am guessing that a stroller is out of the question, especially if we want to do any of the walks. Would a baby backpack carrier be the best option? All advice appreciated, especially if you have been to the Cinque Terre with a toddler.

Re: Riomaggiore with Toddler

by craic

there is a bus that goes from the station at Corniglia up the hill to the town - i wouldn't want to try and get up all those steps either with a stroller or a backpack

not a very reliable schedule though - posted on the bus stop - when we were there the driver was just heading off when he had enough passengers

Re: Riomaggiore with Toddler

by leics

Yes, definitely take the bus up (and down) to Corniglia. If it's there.

As regards the coastal walks, some are quite easy/flattish and some are not. A backpack will be essential if you want to walk them.

There are good descriptions of each path segment here:

http://www.italyheaven.co.uk/liguria/cinqueterrewalking.html

Trains between the villages are frequent and cheap, so it is easy to walk to or from one of them and take the train the other way. Train times, details and fares in English here:

http://trenitalia.it/homepage_en.html

Re: Riomaggiore with Toddler

by ledblimp

Yeah, a stroller would be next to useless. Even in the flater areas of CT most everything is uneven cobblestone. The main drag in Riomaggiore is very steep and the path to the beach narrow in spots. Even getting on the trains with a stroller could be a hassle as it can be crowded getting on/off and sometimes the stop time can be very short. The carrier is a way better option.

Travel Tips for Riomaggiore

Save money at the mini-markets!

by wilocrek

Throughout Riomaggiore there are several mini markets that offer produce and deli options at local prices. You can buy snacks and Coke's for around a euro. Much cheaper than what you will get at the tourist traps!

Get a Cinque Terre card

by toonsarah

For any visitor who plans to do more in this region than simply sit in one place, the Cinque Terre card is a necessity. You will need one to access any of the footpaths – not only the well-known one that leads between each village but also the inland hikes within the National Park. It also gives you unlimited use of the trains between the five villages, and of the lifts and little green buses if you would like to use these to give you a break from the steep hills. And as well as giving access to the footpaths and free travel on the trains, your Cinque Terre card gives you free entry to three museums in the region – the Museo delle Cinque Terre Anticha in Riomaggiore (see my Things to Do tip), the Museo dello Sciacchetra in Manarola (telling the story of the local speciality, a desert wine), and the Anticho Frantoio (old olive press and mill) in Groppo, as well as the Centro do Salagione delle Acciughe, anchovy-salting centre, in Monterosso.

You can buy a card for one, two, three or seven days – our three day ones cost €19.50. There are also family cards, and senior citizens ones (for those over 70). Before you can use your card you will need to validate it in one of the yellow machines in the railway station.

Tourist Information Office

by toonsarah

Right next to the railway station you will find the largish Tourist Information Office. This is the place to come to buy your Cinque Terre card (see my other general tip), find accommodation if you haven’t pre-booked and get any other information you need to plan your time in the area. We found the staff pleasant and helpful on the couple of occasions we visited – once to buy those essential cards and once to enquire about the train strike and ferry timetables.

There is also a small selection of books and souvenirs for sale, and (upstairs) computers for internet access. We didn’t use the latter as we were only in Riomaggiore for a few days, but the prices looked reasonable and they were clearly attracting regular users, suggesting that access speeds are OK.

fcocaccia

by xaver

As in restaurant tip you are supposed to mention a restaurant and not just food, I put this tip here.Restaurants in Riomaggiore and in 5 terre in general, are often too crowded, so a great idea of tasting some good food is to go in some shops and buy some ham, cheese and mortadella and to have them with the many local kinds of focaccia.
Focaccia is a sort of flat bread that you can find simple, with olives, with cheese, pesto sauce exc.

Murals

by toonsarah

In several parts of Riomaggiore you will see striking murals such as this one, which you’ll find hard to miss as it faces you as you come out of the railway station. They are on a truly large scale, as photo 3, with Chris in front of this one, shows.

The murals were done by an Argentinean artist, Silvio Benedetto, and the figures modelled on real local people. They are designed to glorify the unknown workers who constructed the millions of metres of dry-stone walls (muri a secco) that are so distinctive of this region. The murals paint a picture of life here in the Cinque Terre: growing vines, building the terraces, fishing, quarrying ...

I couldn’t decide whether I liked them – they are clearly well-executed, and the subject matter of great interest, but even here in the newer part of town they seemed a little out of keeping with the tone of the village. See what you think!

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