Riomaggiore is the easternmost of the five idyllic villages that make up Italy’s Cinque Terre. If you’re looking at Riomaggiore photos, it’ll be the one with a reddish building in the front, left of most of them!
My friends and I spent 2 full days and 3 nights exploring Cinque Terre, and I really feel like I could have spent even more! We spent the day visiting Riomaggiore, Manarola, and Corniglia, and then the second day in Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare.
They’re such beautiful villages, and there’s always something magical about being so close to the sea. I took so many photos, I wanted to make some separate posts for each village!
Riomaggiore was our first stop as we were staying in Levanto and wanted to begin with the village furthest away from us and slowly make our way west. We spent a little over an hour enjoying the town, seeing the views, and grabbing a nice, leisurely lunch around the harbor. It was delicious even if our waiter teased me about getting a caffe shakerato with pasta!
Quick Little Riomaggiore History
Depending on who you believe, this little village dates all the way back to the 700s, founded by those fleeing Byzantium. I’m not sure how true that is, but what is true is that we have evidence of settlement around the 1200s. The town was named because of the river that flows under the main street. It became know for its wines, and you can see what it would have looked like in the late 1800s thanks to the painter Telemaco Signorini.
Getting to Riomaggiore
You can get to Riomaggiore in three ways — hiking, train, or by ferry. We took the train from Levanto. The famous hiking trail between Riomaggiore and Manarola, the Via dell’Amore, was closed. Otherwise it’s supposed to be the shortest and easiest of the hikes!
Where to Stay in Riomaggiore
If you want to stay in Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore is a nice pick as it’s kind of the unofficial leader for the five villages since the main office is there. The Stellio Affittacamere – Guest House is the most highly rated. You could also go with the AWroom, Crêuza de Mä, or Alla Marina Affittacamere.
Alternatively, you could also try some locally-owned Airbnbs in Riomaggiore. I found this cute, colorful apartment and this apartment close to the Riomaggiore train station. If it’s your first time using Airbnb, sign up with this link to get some credit to your first place!
22 of My Favorite Riomaggiore Photos
And now for all the pretty Riomaggiore photos! All these villages are so pretty to photograph, it was hard narrowing them down!
Near the area where you get off the train, you’ll see these views:
This is, I believe, some of the famous trail to Manarola from afar. Such a shame it was closed down for maintenance (though obviously understandable):
Walking through to the harbor
From the train station we began to walk over to the famous harbor. This involves some navigating through the town, but it’s not a shabby walk with all these views!
The Harbor at Riomaggiore
And now here’s the real gem of Riomaggiore — its harbor! These are the views you’ll usually find when people talk about the village, and sometimes when people discuss Cinque Terre in general!
And of course, some shots of what I ate:
And there you have it — some Riomaggiore photos that will make you want to add Cinque Terre to your Italy bucket list if you haven’t already! Can’t wait to share the other four villages with you guys and, of course, all my Cinque Terre planing tips!
Fore more Northern Italy, check out these posts:
- 28 Venice Travel Tips to Read Before You Go
- How to Visit Trento, a Charming Italian Town in the Dolomites
- How to Spend 3 Days in Milan
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