Review: Tour of Riomaggiore (Italy, Liguria) – Not a step on the flat.
It’s a great place to visit and it’s a great place to stay.
Our trip to Liguria in May included a visit to the municipality of Cinque Terre and the fairy-tale-colored village of Riomaggiore, nestled in the mountains between the rocks.
Once upon a time sailors painted their houses on the rocks so brightly that they, in a sense, replaced the lighthouse.
All noteworthy objects are indicated on the scheme still at the station.
Here it is practically impossible to take a single step on a flat plane: you either go up or down, and often quite steeply. So moving around Riomaggiore itself is already exotic. Here’s the “grand entrance” and the stairs to our room
There are stairs that do not want to walk up).
We stayed here for two nights, although to get around all of Riomaggiore, with all the observation decks, should be enough for a few hours.
So many people do, coming here by train for half a day. However, we had planned the trip well in advance and hoped, among other things, for leisurely walks along the famous trail of love (connecting Riomaggiore and Manarola, length – 12 km) with picturesque views.
Unfortunately, it is still closed.
The very sight of the trail already tickles the nerves.
In the style of Riomaggiore was also an unusual hotel called Affittacamere Ca’ Dei Lisci
On the main street Colombo there are countless bars, restaurants, pizzerias for all tastes and wallets. The price level did not seem very high, lower than, for example, in Rapallo.
A bag of Italian “vobla”.
But there are some authentic trattorias with good food. For example, this fish “soup” (Zuppa di mare) in volume will replace both 1st and 2nd and will please you with the taste of various seafood.
Wine in any establishments is expensive – 3-4 times than you can buy the same bottle in the store.
There are a lot of tourists going and coming every day, the impression is that it is comparable with the number of local residents (population – 1,500-2,000 people). The platform is very short, half of the train will be in the tunnels.
Despite the abundance of objects for photos, a queue of tourists piled up to take pictures.)
As always amazed the Russian-speakers – from the harsh language (no one understands!) To the loud maxims like “Where we go to eat there and go to the toilet!
But even without the closed Via Amore there are plenty of hiking trails to take you on fascinating views.
Each turn of the serpentine trail reveals something unique in front of your eyes.
It was warm, but the excitement prevented us from continuing the swimming season that started successfully in Rapallo and Zoagli.
In different weather conditions, the sea and the rocks look different take on unique hues
But even in such a seemingly storm, the cruise ships were doing their job.
So, Riomaggiore is
The exotic mountains ♦ nerve-racking hiking trails in the mountains of Cinque Terre National Park. High prices and a big choice of dining outlets that work almost around the clock (usually it’s hard to get a good meal in Italy between 1 and 7 pm) Very good level of service in rented apartments.
Not enough room? Parking on the roof! ). According to the ads, parking costs 50€ per day!
Actually here it is all Riomaggiore squeezed along Via Colombo:
A number of viewing platforms will allow you to enjoy the views of Riomaggiore from all sides).
Riomaggiore – a short guide to the city
Riomaggiore is one of Italy’s most beautiful places and is an ideal destination for excursionists. The easternmost town of Cinque Terre, like the others, is situated in a dizzyingly picturesque area with mountains and a sea rugged with bays. It is characterized by green terraces, colorful houses stacked on top of each other. The colors of the houses are bright: yellow, orange, pink and red, sky-blue, intense blue colors of the sea wave, green – like hills with vineyards and fruit groves.
Situated on the southernmost edge of the East Coast, historically shared by the powerful maritime republics of Genoa and Pisa, Cinque Terre (the Five Lands) is a shared wonder of man and nature, in 1997 inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. According to one legend, refugees from Byzantine Greece were the first to settle in this area in the 8th century AD.
History of Riomaggiore
History has preserved evidence of this. For example, we can note the structure of the city’s buildings: bright colors and vertical direction, “overhanging” over the sea, a network of streets, staircases and small courtyards. In case of danger from the sea, this type allowed the inhabitants in a short time to escape higher to the hills. This explains the presence of two exits in the houses: one at the front and one at the back that goes to a higher level.
The castle of Riomaggiore, a historic monument of the city, was built around the 13th century to protect against pirates terrorizing the Mediterranean coast. Today it stands proudly in the center of the historic part of the city. It is easily recognized by its round tower and large white clock and is used mainly on public holidays. Next to it is the main attraction of the city – the bay, small and narrow, studded with colorful houses and no less colorful boats.
The town’s coat of arms depicts the peak of Mount Verugola, the symbol of the place, and is described in heraldry as follows: “Three mountains rising above the sea with sprouts of vines on each side and a crown on top”. Every cottage painted in a cheerful color by the owner, every mountain peak here is a gem, a work of art, from which it is difficult to take your eyes away.
What to see in Riomaggiore
The Church of San Giovanni Battista of the first half of the 14th century is also on the hill. It is a mixture of Romanesque and Neo-Gothic architecture. Inside there are masterpieces such as a triptych of the Anthelem School, a wooden crucifix by Anton Maria Maragliano and a canvas by Domenico Fiasella, a painter from Sardzana.
In the mountains there is a road called the Way of the Temples (Strada dei Santuari) that connects all the sanctuaries of the Five Lands: Temple of Nostra Signora Montenero in Riomaggiore , Temple of Nostra Signora della Salute in Manarola, Temple of Nostra Signora delle Grazie in Corniglia, Temple of Nostra Signora di Soviore in Riomaggiore and Temple of Nostra Signora di Reggio in Vernazza. The temple in Riomaggiore dates back to 1335. Like the other temples, it can be reached by following a narrow path among the terraces on the hillsides. The view from the small platform is indescribable.
To the south of the city, there are other interesting monuments to visit, such as the Torre Guardiola, which houses a botanical garden. Also of interest are the natural sites such as the Punta di Montenero, suitable for lovers of scuba diving.
After the walks and excursions you want to eat, and in this satisfaction, Riomaggiore is not inferior to other Italian cities. Energize yourself with the energy of this place by visiting the San Gian Festival. Rice dishes are predominantly served here. If fate brings you here in winter, be sure to try the “patona”, a traditional chestnut pie.
From Riomaggiore you can easily reach the rest of Cinque Terre. All you have to do is head north and walk or take the train and admire one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. And that’s no exaggeration.
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