Riomaggiore Travel Summary

Riomaggiore is known for its colourful stone houses that seem stacked on top of one another, and its harbour filled with traditional fishing boats.  Riomaggiore is a wonderful place to enjoy fabulous vistas and slowing down to the pace of Italian village life. Stroll along the main street of the village that leads down to the sea, where a small marina framed by lovely pastel houses is filled with brightly hued fishing boats.

 

Village-hop the hidden treasure of the Italian Riviera.  The quaint villages of the Cinque Terre are carved into the cliffsides.

The Riomaggiore Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Riomaggiore:

  1. An introduction and brief history to the Cinque Terre & Riomaggiore;
  2. What to See and Do in Riomaggiore

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

1. An introduction and brief history to the Cinque Terre & Riomaggiore

Cinque Terre’s five villages date from the early medieval period.  Monterosso, the oldest, was founded in AD 643, when beleaguered hill dwellers moved down to the coast to escape invading barbarians.  Riomaggiore came next, purportedly established in the 8th century by Greek settlers fleeing persecution in Byzantium.  The others are Vernazza, Corniglia and Manarola.  Much of what remains in the villages today including several castles and a quintet of illustrious parish churches, dates from the late High Middle Ages.

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Buildings aside, Cinque Terre’s unique historical feature are the steeply terraced cliffs bisected by a complicated system of fields and gardens that have been hacked, chiselled, shaped and layered over the course of nearly two millennia.  So marked are these artificial contours that some scholars have compared the extensive stone walls to the Great Wall of China in their grandeur and scope.

Riomaggiore:

Riomaggiore is known for its colourful stone houses that seem stacked on top of one another, and its harbour filled with traditional fishing boats.  Riomaggiore is a wonderful place to enjoy fabulous vistas and slowing down to the pace of Italian village life. Stroll along the main street of the village that leads down to the sea, where a small marina framed by lovely pastel houses is filled with brightly hued fishing boats.

Riomaggiore is photographers dream owing to its jumble of multi-coloured buildings set between dramatic sea cliffs and fronted by an expanse of blue ocean. The largest and southernmost of northern Italy’s five Cinque Terre villages, Riomaggiore is the place for a relaxing stroll on the promenades, sipping coffee in traditional cafés, enjoying an aperitif in one of the bars along via Colombo and taking majestic photographs.

The main street and the railway station are connected by a long pedestrian tunnel. Pay attention to the nice mosaics! Near the station as well as on the walls of the Town Hall you will see the murals of an Italian-Argentinian artist named Silvio Benedetto. His interesting artworks are inspired by the hard work of local farmers.

 

What to See & Do in Riomaggiore:

Riomaggiore Castle:

AllThingsTravels Top Pick:

  • Built in 1260 by the Marquises of Turcotti, lords of Ripalta, it was completed by the Genoese in the 15th – 16th century after the dominion of Niccolò Fieschi

The Oratory of Saint Rocco:

AllThingsTravels Top Pick:

  • The oratory of Saint Rocco stands next to the castle and was built in 1480 as a tribute to the Saint for bringing an end to the plague that had decimated the population of Riomaggiore
  • The small building has simple architectural forms. The effigy of Saint Rocco, showing the signs of the plague, and that of Saint Sebastian, shot with arrows, are carved on the architrave of the entrance door

Riomaggiore Harbour:

AllThingsTravels Top Pick:

  • Riomaggiore harbour is a best seen at sunset when all the tall pastel shaded buildings glow like a rainbow. The view from the sea is truly unbeatable
  • There is a picturesque botanical garden or the golden pebbly beach

Riomaggiore, Harbour

 

Sanctuary of Madonna di Montenero:

AllThingsTravels Top Pick:

  • Enjoy spectacular views from the Sanctuary of Madonna di Montenero which is a steep climb out of Riomaggiore

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