Riomaggiore is known for its trademark tower structures—houses seemingly pushed up from the cliffs, different colors (“Ligurian colors,” as some will refer to it) of buildings placed side-by-side to form interesting patterns. These are commonly referred to as the “case torri” or tower houses, and they lean against each other aided by stairs and passageways.
The Five Lands
Riomaggiore, a village in the province of La Spezia, Italy, could be found at a small valley in the country’s Liguria region. This is one of “The Five Lands” or the Cinque Terre—the other four being the Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola—villages that are on the portion of the coast of the beautiful Italian Riviera, which all come together to form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This village is the first one visitors will see coming from La Spezia.
You must make sure that you’re prepared to do a lot of walking when you’re in Riomaggiore. Because the hills are steep and roads are narrow, walking is the best way to get around.
Aside from the vertical colored houses and structures, the beauty of this village also comes from its small, narrow streets and paths. It is also famous for its wine, which is made in its vineyards at the central lands. Riomaggiore, as well as the other Five Lands in the region, is also known for its romantic vibe, so this is a great place in Italy to take your loved one.
Things to do and see
Churches and castles – You must not miss The Church of San Giovanni Battista, a beautiful church that has Gothic doors and columns that date back to the early 1340s. The parish church of San Lorenzo is also a must-see, for it also has an impressive Gothic facade that continues to be admired by both locals and visitors. Also worth visiting is the 15th century castle of Riomaggiore, the place where painter Telemaco Signorini was born.
The Guardiola Tower – this is where you’ll catch one of the best views of the coast and the whole town. Here, you can find what locals refer to as the “Writing Trail,” which encourages visitors to write stuff like poems, stories, or anything that would spark their creativity. With the view here, getting inspiration will certainly not be difficult.
Outdoor activities – the beautiful, clear waters will allow you to do some diving, boat tours/excursions, and swimming, and sailing. The rocks and cliffs, on the other hand, will allow you to do some hiking and trekking.
Wine – since this place is famous for its wine, you must not miss out on doing some wine-tasting. The famous Sciacchetra wine is a definite must-try for all visitors.
Small and intimate, this Italian town is a place where you can discover some of Italy‘s most beautiful treasures. Whether it’s having a wine during sunset with your loved one or going diving with the whole family, this place promises nothing but beauty and wonder.