Riomaggiore is the most southern village of the Cinque Terre, situated just a few minutes by train from La Spezia. It is quite sure that the origins of Riomaggiore date back to the 8th Century, when the inhabitants of the Vara valley, searching a milder climate to raise grapevines and olive-trees without the fear of pirate raids, moved towards the coast.
The town climbs up along the ridges overlooking the sea and it is characterized from the typical stone houses with coloured façades and slate-roofs.
In Riomaggiore starts the Via dell’Amore, Lover’s Lane, a wonderful path known for the romantic atmosphere and amazing landscapes. It leads to Manarola and it takes twenty minutes walking.
The Cinque Terre villages are linked by a network of paths offering the best opportunity to truly enjoy the unique landscape. All five villages are well connected by rail, regular local trains from Genoa and La Spezia run with high frequency.
Where to stay in Riomaggiore
In the small picturesque village of Riomaggiore you can find some charming guesthouses and high standard apartments with fantastic sea views: Guesthouses in Riomaggiore.
If you are searching for a hotel in the Cinque Terre area click here: Hotels in Cinque Terre.
How to get to Riomaggiore
Please refer to How to reach Cinque Terre.
Map of Riomaggiore
What to see
• Via dell'Amore, Riomaggiore is connected to Manarola by this famous footpath.
• The Church of San Giovanni Battista, built in 1340 (gothic style).
• The Church of San Lorenzo (1338) with its beautiful rose window dating back to the 14th century.
• Castle of Riomaggiore (built in 1260): where you can enjoy a wonderful sight over the sea.
• About 350 metres from the sea, along the coast road connecting the Cinque Terre with La Spezia, you can find the Sanctuary of Madonna di Montenero; enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of the whole coastal line of the Cinque Terre.