Riomaggiore is the fifth village in Cinque Terre and has the most idyllic, tiny harbour, where all the fishing boats have been pulled up in the streets, some even in two layers. You feel like you are in a fairytale, where everything is small, painted in a bright colour and made to look pretty!
The town has a small chapel about halfway up the hill with a pretty interior. If you continue towards the top, you will pass a large church on your right, before you end up at a great viewpoint at the top. Take the short walk to the cementery and church towards the sea – it looks beautiful in the guidebooks, but sadly has completely missed my attention on my visits.
This was the final installment in my Cinque Terre guide. Feel free to ask me any question you’d like about the area. As I mentioned in the post about Monterosso, I have travelled to Cinque Terre either by train from Florence or bus from Nice. You can also fly to Milan, Genova or other major Italian cities and catch the train to La Spezia, where you change to a local train service to get to the village of your choice. The train service in Italy is really great – just make sure you validate your ticket on the machine on the platform before you board the train, and that you are conscious about purchasing a ticket for the slow or the speedy inter-city trains. The latter costs a fair bit more, but is worth it for its great speed and comfort (read: Air conditioning).