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Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre in Italy: where to sleep, what to do ?

Last update : 7 May 2024
Riomaggiore is the first village in the Cinque Terre, on the La Spezia side. Riomaggiore was one of our favorite Cinque Terre villages, along with Manarola. This ancient fishing village was founded in the 8th century (yes, that's right).

The funny thing is that it looks as if the village’s little houses are propped up against each other, as if to keep from falling over. The village’s facades are painted in bright yellow, orange and red.

We arrived at Riomaggiore station at the end of the day. Although the village is quite small, it is separated into two parts, the “heights” part of the town and the jetty part, from which you can enjoy a superb view of the village. To get to the heart of Riomaggiore, all you have to do is go through a tunnel (157 meters long) which you access as soon as you leave the Station.

Visiting Riomaggiore, where to sleep?

Pepita Di Rio

This duplex apartment offers magnificent views and a bright, clean ambience. The large terrace is bathed in morning sunshine and has a table and sun loungers for relaxing. The place is ideal for a couple, but might be a little small for three or four people over a long period. Another great thing about this place: the famous “Il Rio Bistrot” restaurant, awarded a Michelin star in 2019, is just 20 meters from the apartment.

Pepita Di Rio

What to do in Riomaggiore

1. Riomaggiore pier

The walk isn’t huge, as the village is relatively small. Climb to the heights of the jetty, and you’ll have a distant enough view of the village to enjoy all its colors. The view “from the sea” is by far the best for admiring Riomaggiore.
We recommend visiting Riomaggiore at the end of the day to watch the sun set over the colorful facades of the village houses. The result was magnificent, as the houses are all in reds and oranges. We sat on the rocks near the water to enjoy the sunset, an unforgettable moment!

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2. The streets of Riomaggiore town centre

The town is really small, as are all the villages of the Cinque Terre for that matter. This was one of the things that surprised us most at the start of our stay. You’ll have walked around each village in 2 hours at the most! If you climb to the very top of the street, you’ll be able to admire Riomaggiore Castle and the church of St. John the Baptist from afar.


3. Riomaggiore Castle

Riomaggiore Castle was built in 1260 by lords of the village. Of the original construction, which dates back a little, the two round towers still remain. It has been renovated over the years and is now mainly used for exhibitions. It’s easy to get to from either the town center or the train station, simply climb a stone staircase and follow the signs.


4. Hiking in Riomaggiore, the Via Dell’Amore

In normal times, you can take the superb hike ” Via Dell ‘Amore “, which links Riomaggiore and Manarola. It’s a very pleasant trail, and the shortest of all the Cinq Terre trails (allow 25 minutes for the hike). At the time of our visit, the trail was closed for renovation, but will reopen in 2021. But in the meantime, in 2019, the first meters of the Manarola side, should reopen! This path, known as the “lovers’ path”, was carved out of the rock in 1926. When it reopens, go ahead and tell us if it’s worth it! 😉




5. Cinque Terre Natural Park

Riomaggiore, like the other 4 villages of the Cinque Terre, lies within the Cinque Terre Natural Park, with the sea protected all around. It is said that very rare animals can be found here… Well, we didn’t see any! But fishermen are forbidden to go there, as there are said to be dolphins and even … whales! We hope you’ll be luckier than us and catch a glimpse.

6. Cinque Terre vineyards

The Cinque Terre produce a lot of white wine, rather dry. The village heights are covered in grape varieties! We discovered a whole little metal circuit which is actually used by the winemaker to move around and catch all the grapes in this very hilly area, great to see.
You can get a better idea of the breadth of grape varieties by doing one of the hikes between the villages of the Cinque Terre!

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Visiting Riomaggiore, where to eat?

Il pescato Cucinato

This address in the center of town offers fried fish cones, shrimps, calamari but also small fried vegetables. All served with a glass of white wine as an aperitif. Don’t forget to make a reservation, as this is a very popular address, and understandably so: seeing people passing by with their cones in hand makes you want to try them.

Make sure you get there early to avoid the queues, and be careful after 8 p.m., there’s not much left! Count €6 for a small cone and €8 for a large one. An affordable alternative for a meal in the heart of the Cinq Terre.


Visiting Riomaggiore, how to organize your trip well?

How to get to Riomaggiore

To find the best mode of transport to your destination, we recommend you always look on the OMIO comparator. This will give you an overview of all available modes of transport.  You’ll be able to compare prices very easily.

How to find the best hotels to visit Riomaggiore and the Cinque Terre

In order to find the best hotels and benefit from the best conditions (security, cancellation…) we go almost exclusively through for our trips. We recommend that you take a look at the available hotels before you leave. You can filter them according to their ratings. There are plenty of recent customer reviews, so there are no unpleasant surprises when you’re traveling!

Visit the other Cinque Terre villages

Riomaggiore – Manarola  – Corniglia – VernazzaMonterosso Al Mare

Thank you for reading

We hope the tips and good addresses on our travel blog will help you visit Riomaggiore.

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Clem & Alex

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