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Riomaggiore, Italy
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Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre


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Riomaggiore is the most characteristic of the Cinque Terre. It's sits at the head of a torrential valley. It's a vertical village, all stairs no streets. The dwellings are brightly colored tower houses. It boasts a tiny harbor. Riomaggiore has a number of interesting monuments including a defensive castle and two churches, San Giovanni Battista and Santa Maria Assunta. The most popular leg of the Sentiero Azzuro, known as the Via dell'Amore, starts in Riomaggiore. As with Corniglia, the castle affords a spectacular view. Like Monterosso and Vernazza, Riomaggiore is touristy.
Getting There
Riomaggiore is the Cinque Terre's easternmost village. It is located 12 km or 7.5 miles from La Spezia. The nearest airports are located in Genoa and Pisa, roughly 90 minutes away. The train is by far the most convenient way to reach Riomaggiore. The ferryboat is a fun way to make the journey. Car travel is the least opportune mode of transport. Family Travel Tips: Local trains on the Genoa - La Spezia rail line stop in Riomaggiore. The ferry service operates May through September; routes vary with the day of the week and some routes are operative for a limited time only. For Riomaggiore, exit the A12 or A15 motorway at La Spezia. Follow the signs for the city center and, once on the coast, follow the signs for the Cinque Terre. The turnoff for Riomaggiore is just after the second tunnel. Parking is roadside or in a small parking lot.
Getting Around
Riomaggiore is situated at the start of the coastal pathway. The paved 30-minute Via dell'Amore between Riomaggiore and Manarola is a flat, easy stroll and is suitable for strollers. Looking for something a bit more challenging? Continue on to Corniglia. This leg of the trail is also stroller friendly. Traveling with teens? Hike the coastal pathway in its entirety. But remember to keep it fun. Hike out and boat back. Take the train there and return on foot. Stop at one of the beaches along the way. Family Travel Tips: The train trip between Riomaggiore and Monterosso al Mare is under 20 minutes. Passenger ferries don't stop in Corniglia and cruise past Vernazza when the sea is rough. A trail fee, currently €5.00 per day for adults and €2.5 per day for children aged 4 -12, is charged to all walkers accessing the Sentiero Azzurro or path N2. All other trails are free of charge. The park service rents mountain bikes.
When to Travel
Spring (April and May) and fall (September and October) are the best times of year for a Cinque Terre holiday. The weather is generally warm and sunny and the throngs have yet to arrive or long since departed. Summer (June through August) is hot and crowded. Winter (November through February) is cold and rainy.
Things to Keep in Mind
There two places to swim in Riomaggiore, Fossola Beach and near the port.
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