Riomaggiore Travel Guide

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    View from our balcony.
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    Right at the sea's edge
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Riomaggiore Highlights

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    toonsarah says…

     Beautiful scenery, good food and wine - Italy ar its best 

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    ruki says…

     everything is very exspensive 

  • In a nutshell
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     If I could only vacation one place for the rest of my life, this would be my choice. 

Riomaggiore Things to Do

  • Saint Giovanni Batista

    Walk the upper part of the village and you will no doubt run into the church of Saint Giovanni Batista. The church which is located on the side of a hill was constructed in 1340. It was built under the direction Antonio Fieschi, bishop of Luni. A major reconstruction of the church was undertaken in the late 19th century. A commerative sign outside...

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  • Hike or Take the Train Over to Manorola

    Located just a few kilometers north of Riomaggiore is one of the most picture perfect small towns I have ever seen. It can be reached by a three minute train ride or currently taking the high trail from Riomaggiore to Manorola. Once there Manorola is an absolute pleasure to walk around especially by the waterfront. It is smaller than Riomaggiore...

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  • An Alternative to Trail # 2 May 2013

    One of the more popular trails in the Cinque Terre, Trail # 2 between Riomaggiore and Manarola was still closed as of May, 2013. However the information booth in Riomaggiore had another alternative that begun above the station. It was a steeper trail than the one that traces along the water. There was also no on the trail to see that you had made...

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  • Via dell’Amore: Tourist Trap?

    If anything would come close to a "Tourist Trap" in this lovely little area of Italy it could possibly be the Via dell'Amore the walk of love. But like a lot of other frequently visited sites if you are there you will probably do it. Sue and I had walked above the city earlier in the day on another path that started right outside our bed and...

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  • The post office

    As I'm one of those who still like to send postcards when I'm out travelling one of the reasons for most irritation is the lack of stamps. Most places sell postcards on masse, but very few of them also sell stamps… And if they do it's only for national postage. Riomaggiore was great though, as not only was there a few souvenir shops that sold...

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  • The fortress and the view

    High above most of the village is the old fortress, il Castello. Two towers with a small wall between them, which nowadays is used more for exhibitions and meetings. And to get a great view over the Riomaggiore. The first tower was built in the 200s, to protect the villages down the coast from pirates. A few hundred years later the second tower was...

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Riomaggiore Restaurants

  • Great food, slow service

    Situated right next to the water the location is perfect for this restaurant. And naturally it's also very popular. We were lucky to get a table with a perfect view over the ocean, which made it a really special evening.The staff was friendly and nice, but unfortunately not very efficient. From when they took away our plates for our primo piatto...

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  • Gelato!

    On a warm spring day this is the most popular place in the whole Riomaggiore. The local gelato guy made big business when we were there, but considering how the ice cream tasted there is no reason to wonder why.We had one big cup each, and could choose from quite a number of different flavors. I chose chocolate, stracciatella and coconut, and did...

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  • Good seafood restaurant

    A very nice restaurant situated on the main street of Riomaggiore. Unlike most other restaurants/bars in the village there is no possibility to sit outside, which suited us perfect on this rainy day. Most of the menu consist of different seafood options and my wife and I choose two different meals from the "primo piatti" section.She had a pasta...

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Riomaggiore Nightlife

  • Prime location

    This bar has an enviable location on the tip of the southern of the two spurs of rock that form Riomaggiore’s tiny harbour. If you want to drink while watching the sunset, this is the place to come. It has a few tables outside on the cliff path, and more upstairs on the roof, where we sat one evening for our pre-dinner drinks. Incidentally, it also...

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  • Relax with others at night

    A night people often meet up at the local cafe/bar. You can't miss it. It's the only one open after hours. Mingle with others and prepare to head down to the beach late at night with the crowd when the bar closes. Bring a small flashlight and a bottle of wine/beer if you can. Very relaxed.

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  • Riomaggoire

    Well it's the only really nightlife in the town but it's a great place to meet people if you want to be outgoing. None

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Riomaggiore Transportation

  • The train station

    The train station of Riomaggiore is situated around the cliff from the actual village. The view that you'll meet when you get off the train is amazing! From here you can take the train to the four other villages in Cinque Terre, as well as down south to La Spezia. Regional trains up to Genova and Turin are also passing here.Outside the station...

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  • CT by Sea

    From approximately the beginning of April to the end of October, ferries are an alternate way of reaching most of the Cinque Terre villages and many others along the Ligurian coast including Portofino, Levanto and La Spezia. They’re not as fast or as inexpensive as the local train but are a nice way to get a different perspective of the cliffs,...

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  • Train

    The train is running pretty fast and therefore passengers are suggested to take a seat. The interiors is clean, as much as its possible for the composition which has so many passengers during a day. Most of the tracks is covered by the tunnels so that little can be seen from the train. Each station has displays indicating arrivings and departings...

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Riomaggiore Shopping

  • Wines and liqueurs

    Dry white wine simply called Cinque Terre (made by grapevines from Bosco, Fermentino and Albarola grapes)The Sciacchetra a prized dessert wine made from prime grapes Limoncino a dessert wine made from steeping lemon peels in pure alcohol with adding sugar and water 5 EUR - 20EUR

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  • Fivestones: Autentic Souvenir of Cinque...

    Fivestones is a very impressive line of souvenirs, all made with natural materials like wood, stones, twigs, twine, nails, paper and cork.This is a line coordinated and articulated, high aesthetic quality, easily recognizable.Fivestones is the creativity of Italian industrial production as opposed to the Asian market.In many Cinque Terre shops,...

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  • Local wine and products

    This is a lovely shop for foodies! It showcases the typical produce of the Cinque Terre – herbs, olives, different pasta shapes and sauces, preserves, wine, baked goods and much more. It’s all so appealingly displayed, and everything looks really tempting. We bought just a few things to take home as gifts – some chestnut blossom honey, different...

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Riomaggiore Local Customs

  • Murals of Silvio Benedetto

    One of the first memories of arriving at the train station in Riomaggiore is the wonderful murals that are adjacent to the station and spread throughout the town. These murals so expressive of everyday life in the Cinque Terre were painted by Silvio Benedetto. Men and women in some cases are shown struggling to make a living. Benedetto was born in...

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  • Pesto sauce

    It is typical sauce for Cinque terre and Liguria. Ingredients are: basil (2 bunches)Pine nuts, (a handful)Garlic (1 clove)Salt (1 teaspoon)Parmesan cheese (50gr)Extra virgin olive oil, (3 tablespoon)Butter (a teaspoon)Mix well basil with crush pine nuts, garlic and salt in a mortar. Then add the oil until you have the density you prefer. Lastly add...

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  • Some other customs

    These photos show some other local customs we spotted and liked:Photo 1 ~ on a Sunday evening all the older locals seem to make a point of coming out, dressed no doubt in their Sunday best, to sit on a bench, gossip with each other, and watch the world go byPhoto 2 ~ a baby has been born to the family living here and this sign hangs on the door to...

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Riomaggiore Warnings and Dangers

  • Please Recycle!

    We have had some discussions on VirtualTourist regarding recycling. Fortunately the community I live in has been very much in the forefront of recycling in the 30 + years we have lived here. In our travels in Europe I have also noticed that there are quite a few places where someone can dump their trash and recyclable items.Please educate yourself...

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  • Don't Cross That Yellow Line

    In the Cinque Terre region and I'm sure in other hill towns throughout Italy you should be sure that you do not venture across the Yellow Line by the train tracks until your train has come to a complete stop and you are ready to board. In our short visit to Riomaggiore we took the local trains getting to, going around and leaving the area. Some of...

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  • Don't Slip!

    If you are planning on walking between the villages on the Cinque Terre, then take care!!Some of the paths are pretty narrow, and along the edge of a cliff..... A lot of walkers carry large sticks with them to assist with climbing and helping to stop any slips and falls.Just ensure you have sensible walking shoes and take it easy - it is not a...

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Riomaggiore What to Pack

  • Shoes and Camera a must!

    Don't forget to pack some shoes suitable for walking/hiking along the cliffs between the towns on the Cinque Terre. A camera is a must. The coastline is spectacular. Digital is best - that way there is no limit to the number of photos you take!!

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  • What to pack?

    comfortable shoes for hiking all around a lot of memory cards for cameras hat and cream for sun protectionpretty money, because everything is too expensiveitalian dictionary would be welcome

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  • use your feet, and your brain

    Shoes... especially if you want to go hiking... but also if you're thinking of taking a walk along the via dell'Amore. Bring some walking shoes: I've seen countless fools trying to walk about in fancy shoes or, worse, high heels... I can assure you of one thing: they looked in pain, and they looked as if they were in trouble a sun lotion can be...

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Riomaggiore Off The Beaten Path

  • Tunnel Mosaic

    When you come in Riomaggiore from train station you have to go right and go through the tunnel to exit in the main Riomaggiore street Via Columbo. Going through the tunnel you can not skip mosaics. They are very colorful and lively. The mosaics are mostly images of sunshine, sea and love which are symbols of the whole area.

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  • Tunnel mosaic

    A lengthy pedestrian tunnel links the newer part of Riomaggiore where the railway station and start of the Via dell’Amore are to be found, with the older part with its restaurants, accommodation and harbour. You will probably find yourself passing through here many times, as we did, but don’t be in too much of a hurry. On one of its walls is a...

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  • Via dell'Amore

    The most southerly stretch of the footpath that links the five Cinque Terre villages is known as the Via dell' Amore, linking Riomaggiore with Manarola. It is the shortest, and the easiest to walk, being paved and level for all of its length apart from the steps up to it (and there is a lift available for those unable to climb these). We didn’t...

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Riomaggiore Sports & Outdoors

  • Mar Mar Kayak Rental

    We rented kayaks (approx. 5 euros per hour for one person) and headed along the coast. Although the trip was a dramatic one (see Riomaggiore travelogue), the views and experience were amazing. It was a beautiful day and the kayaks were well-outfitted for the conditions. When needed, the owners were willing to "rescue" us (again, see Riomaggiore...

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  • Hike the 5 Lands

    If you have more than a day or two in the 5 Terre, a hike from Riomaggiore to Monterosso. As it's a national park, you must buy a pass (available in all of the towns) for 1, 3, or 5 days. It works for both the trains and the trails. The trail is not technical at all, but is still not an easy hike. It can take anywhere from 2-5 hours. We cruised...

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  • Take a Hike!

    The highlight of a trip to the Cinque Terre is a hike between the 5 villages. The distance from Riomaggiore to Monterosso al Mare is 12kms, and a lot of the trail is steep and rocky.The walk from Riomaggiore to Manarola is the easiest. It is paved all the way, and the hardest part is probably the flight of stairs from the station at Riomaggiore up...

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Riomaggiore Favorites

  • What is Italian breakfast?

    When you stayed in Italian Hotel you will get usually some slice of bread and croissant, butter jam and coffee. Orange juice and cappuccino if you are lucky. This is typical breakfast. If you are used to eat more, best way is to book a room without breakfast and head down to the nearest cafe where there is a better choice.

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  • Tourist Information Office

    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...

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  • Get a Cinque Terre card

    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...

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Top 10 Most Scenic Workouts: Cinque Terre

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Italy has long been a bastion of cultural icons and landmarks, from religious sites to Renaissance masterpieces. Of the sites to be visited, Cinque Terre is among the most beautiful, and also the most unique. Composed of five small villages perched above the Ligurian Sea, the towns date back to the late medieval period and are still, in 2012, unable to be reached by car. While one can access them by train and boat, neither transport provides the same experience as the hike between the towns: slowly descending from the rocky cliffs into each brightly painted fishing village is an experience unlike any other in the world. Hiking from Riomaggiore, the southernmost village, to the fifth town, Monterosso, is quite a workout (18 kilometers, or 11 miles, and usually takes about five hours, but can take longer depending on how fit you are). Instead, many complete the first leg of the trip, from Riomaggiore to Manarola. This section is commonly called the "Via dell' Amore" and is both paved and level, so it's a great 1km (about half a mile) stroll for travelers of all ages.

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Best restaurant in town!
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Walking around
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Hang out at the harbor
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Around and about
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Castello di Cerricò
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Via dell’Amore: the Freeway of Love
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San Giovanni Battista
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Up on The Hill Overlooking the Village
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Pizza, Pizza, Pizza
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Take a Hike - Part 2
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Take A Hike - Part 1
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Manarola
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Corniglia
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Riomaggiore???
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Cinque Terre point
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Mosaics in the Tunnel
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Stroll the Via Colombo and Town Center
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St John the Baptist Church
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For Your Picnic...
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Cozy Atmosphere, Good Food and Service
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Fresh Seafood? Check this out...
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Enoteca dau Cila - wine bar near the harbour
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Train is the best way to get there
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A bit of a disappointment
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Great meals & views in Vernazza
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Start the hike early
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Riomaggiore Harbour
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The Beach !???
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Hike the Via dell'Amore to Manarola
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You have to see Vernazza
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