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Quick guide: Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy

 Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy

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.

Map of Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy


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).

Read about the other four villages in Cinque Terre here: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola.

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
Ferry boat arriving in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
If you arrive by train, you have to walk through a tunnel to the village
 
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
This is your first view when you arrive by boat
 
 Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
 
Via dell'Amore seen from Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
The Via dell’Amore winding its way towards Manarola, though sadly closed until 2015
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
The local men of Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
Have you noticed that in Italy, men excel at just sitting there, gossiping and watching the day go by? These are the guys from 2013…
The men of Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
…and these are from 2014. Doesn’t it look like the man on the right wearing red is the same person?!?
 
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy, rustic balcony
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
 
The little chapel in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
The pretty chapel halfway up the hill
 
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
The church in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
The castello in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
The small castello at the top of the hill
 
The chapel by the castello in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
Inside the chapel by the castello
 
Tall girl in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
Waiting for the boat to leave Riomaggiore for this time, but I surely will be back soon!

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