Riomaggiore is one of five small towns and communes in the Cinque Terre National Park area of northwest Italy’s Ligura region. Despite its French name referring to the ‘five lands’, Cinque Terre is as Italian as pasta and is one of Italy’s most beautiful locations. Riomaggiore, dating from the 13th century, is known for its pleasant and welcoming atmosphere. Nestled between rugged cliffs and the seashore, it’s also well-known for the beauty of its natural surroundings in the Cinque Terre National Park – A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Riomaggiore is a typical Italian, cliff-backed, coastal small town or village with colourful houses perched precariously on the cliff and overlooking the coast and open sea. The architecture and quaint layout of the narrow roads belonging to a bygone age are among its most attractive features.
What to do in Riomaggiore
The most popular activities for visitors to Cinque Terre are tours that explore different sections of the National Park Area. As Riomaggiore is considered to be the administrative centre, it’s the place to arrange any tours that you might want to take part in if you don’t have any previously booked. Some tours are a lot more expensive than others because they cover a lot of distance and last several days, so accommodation and food are part of the deal and included in the price.
There are several beaches in and around Riomaggiore. They tend to have quite a lot of rocks and boulders that you have to clamber over or make your way around to get to the best beach spots, but that’s part of the adventure. The beaches are good for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing, and best of all they’re completely free. Fossia Beach near Riomaggiore Marina is one of the beaches. It’s somewhat secluded and a very relaxing place to spend some time in. If you go swimming, the warm and clear waters of this part of the Mediterranean Sea feel wonderful, but watch out for strong currents especially if you’re not a strong swimmer.
Food and Drink
Riomaggiore offers some great dining and drinking choices. Italian cuisine is highly-rated throughout Italy, and Riomaggiore is no exception. One highly-rated restaurant and wine bar is Dau Cila near the harbour. With an excellent seafood menu and wines locally produced from Riomaggio’s vineyards, it’s popular with visitors. Other notable restaurants include: Il Porticcio Restaurant, which is a favourite venue for outdoor dining. For lovers of Italian Ice-cream, the Cinque Terre Gelateria & Creperia is one place not be missed. It’s located in Manarola, a nearby small town within the Riomaggiore Commune area.
Making the trip
As Italy, like the UK, is a member of the European Union, there are no visa requirements for visitors from EU countries. Just arrange your travel documents, luggage, spending money and your travel insurance, and you’re all set for a very enjoyable stay in this beautiful part of the country.