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Riomaggiore: A Complete Guide by a Local

A complete guide to Riomaggiore and the must-see in the first of Cinque Terre, all from a local perspective!

Wanna know a little bit more about Riomaggiore, its attractions, and history? Let’s start by saying that like the other villages it’s small but mighty.

Riomaggiore is the first village coming from La Spezia and its origins go back to the XIII century. Its name is by the ancient torrent Rivus Major, located in the valley.

As well as for the other villages, the territory around the center is full of terraces for viticulture, but also other cultivations such as lemons and olive trees.

Riomaggiore has just one main long road, through which you can stroll down to the seafront and the beach. In all its other streets there are mainly steep steps and go up and down the two sides of the valley. The majority of tourists just visit the village walking along the main road, but do not be hasty: there are some hidden gems that are worth the exploration of all the narrow streets.

The Medieval Castle and San Giovanni Battista Church

The Castle of Riomaggiore is located above the village. Its terrace offers a stunning view of the sea and the structure of the historical center from a peculiar perspective. The castle was built around 1260. It had the function to protect the inhabitants from the pirates and other enemies.

The gothic Church of San Giovanni Battista was built around 1340. It houses some masterpieces such as paintings by Domenico Fiasella. The village also hosts the Oratorio of Santa Maria Assunta, built in the 15th century which you can find in the middle of Riomaggiore.

The Marina and the Beach

Those are obviously the most common places to visit, but also the most famous. When you will arrive at the end of Via Colombo, you will in fact see the perfect postcard of the tiny harbor and the colorful houses of Riomaggiore. Proceeding on your left you will also be able to get to the only beach of the village and enjoy the sea.

If you hike…

A really great hiking trail can be from Riomaggiore to the Santuario of Nostra Signora di Montenero. It is located upon the hill over the village and it offers a stunning view of the entire coast, from Tino Island to Punta Mesco.

Tips by a Local (Riomaggiore “complete guide” right?):

– It also has some cools spots to enjoy the sunset.

– If you want to drink something or enjoy local food you can try A Pié de Ma, Food & Wine.

– In a rush? Think about a one day itinerary to be organized!

– Furthermore, Riomaggiore also offers a lot of aquatic sports activities such as diving, paddleboard, or kayak!

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