The 10 Best Things to Do in Riomaggiore, Italy

December 6, 2017 Randal Brittian

Riomaggiore (Rimazùu in the local Ligurian language) is a village and comune in the province of La Spezia, situated in a small valley in the Liguria region of Italy. It is the first of the Cinque Terre one meets when travelling north from La Spezia.
Restaurants in Riomaggiore

1. Trail 531 Riomaggiore to Manarola

Via Tra Castello, Riomaggiore, Italy
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
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4.5 based on 481 reviews

Trail 531 Riomaggiore to Manarola

Reviewed By riorasta - Riomaggiore

This trail has been closed by court order and is locked up on top with a barrier and signs stating it is closed below. Climbing over the fence or barrier can get you fined. Pay attention to the signage so that you don't go down a trail and the have to turn around and go back. The park gives you little information and to be truthful, start your hike in Manarola. The way the park sends you up is on to a highway and then thru the highway tunnel and then back down to Manarola or Riomaggiore. NO Views, just cars and a highway.

2. Trail 2

Cinque Terre National Park, Riomaggiore, Italy
Excellent
65%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
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4.5 based on 341 reviews

Trail 2

Reviewed By VadimM67 - Murmansk, Russia

The famous Trail of love (Via Dell'amore) joined the Rio Maggiore and Manarola, which led a life so isolated from each other for centuries, that even the phonetics of the Italian language in these villages were different. Hard to believe, but this trail appeared only in the thirties of the XX century. The toponym "Trail of love" appeared unnoticed and is not associated with a real Romeo and Juliet from Rio Maggiore and Manarola. The trail was well-equipped (handrails, benches) in the sixties of the XX century. However, soil erosion destroys the slopes and causing landslides and rockfalls. Periodically, the trail began to close. Four Australian tourists were injured in 2012 due to a landslide and the trail was again closed for renovation. At this moment the trail is closed. Some intrepid tourists climbing over the fence and go at your own risk. We have not decided on this folly...

3. Cinqueterre dal Mare Tours

Via San Giacomo 118, Riomaggiore, Italy
Excellent
73%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
5%
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4.5 based on 182 reviews

Cinqueterre dal Mare Tours

Reviewed By david R

Perfect boat tour, fantastic boat and amazing captain. You can see the most beautiful and secret spot on the seaside. Cliff jumping, snorkeling, caves and beautiful secret stone beach. Recommended.

4. Borgo Storico di Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore, Italy
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 79 reviews

Borgo Storico di Riomaggiore

Reviewed By David D - Wexford, Pennsylvania

Make this village a must see if you are making your way through the different cities of Cinque Terre. The sun-faded and weathered colors on the houses that align themselves on the hillside are quite picturesque....and the panoramic views of the sea are really cool too.
Don't forget to wear comfortable walking shoes...there are a lot of steps and inclines that you will encounter. There are also trails that make their way in-and-out of the village that give you a different views of the town as well.
Bring your camera and get ready for lots of cool shots.

5. Church of San Giovanni Battista

Upper Part of the Village, Riomaggiore, Italy
Excellent
17%
Good
61%
Satisfactory
22%
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4 based on 129 reviews

Church of San Giovanni Battista

Reviewed By CanmoreFunkyDude - Canmore, Canada

From the outside, this sanctuary is not overly impressive, but it is located fairly high up the hill from the harbour, and consequently there is a good view from the Piazza. Being Sunday, I only poked my head in for a couple of minutes, but was surprised at how peaceful it was in such a busy little village. Not many tourists around in the close neighbourhood, just locals enjoying the Sunshine or spending some reflective moments after mass.

6. Castello di Riomaggiore

Excellent
23%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
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4 based on 122 reviews

Castello di Riomaggiore

Reviewed By Jenn M - Edwardsville, Illinois

The Castello is at the top of Riomaggiore. There is a side street (stairs) going straight up from the cove, but it doesn't seem to be signposted. We only found it coming back. It was a bit difficult to find and asked a couple of locals who pointed us in the right direction. The views are nice, but that's the only thing here, the castle is small and not really a destination.

7. Bar il Giardino

Strada Statale 370 | Loc.Campi di Rio maggiore, Riomaggiore, Italy +39 346 319 0187
Excellent
59%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
8%
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4 based on 95 reviews

Bar il Giardino

Reviewed By montrealdoula - Montreal, Canada

This has been our favourite bar for ten years - Nico is a great host and Francesca is super helpful...and both of them run a great place.
The view looks out onto the Cinque Terre, friendly atmosphere, good food, lots to drink ... parking is available.

8. Terra di Bargon

Via Antonio Gramsci 11, 19017 Riomaggiore, Italy +39 335 699 7268
Excellent
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5 based on 19 reviews

Terra di Bargon

While tasting Sciacchetra with cheese, Roberto will describe his work in the trail of tradition, meanwhile videos on Cinque Terre in the 40s and Roberto's works throughout the year during the ever renewing cycle of production of Sciacchetra can be viewed. Your questions are welcome.

Reviewed By Margot N - Brisbane, Australia

A visit to Terra di Bargon gives you an insight into decades of wine making in the Cinque Terre region and specifically into the making of Sciacchetra. This wine is unique to the area and is a lovely wine to savour with some seasoned cheese.
Well worth a visit.

9. Santuario di Nostra Signora di Montenero

Via Dei Santuari | Nell'omonima Località a Riomaggiore, 19017 Riomaggiore, Italy
Excellent
27%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 33 reviews

Santuario di Nostra Signora di Montenero

Reviewed By DonCesar - Nuremberg, Germany

In summer is very hot, so take this into account. There is buses that goes there included in the price of the train ticket. The views are very good but better from the highway in my opinion.

10. Trekguyd - Personal Guided Tours

Excellent
91%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
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Poor
1%
Terrible
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5 based on 59 reviews

Trekguyd - Personal Guided Tours

Private treks & tours through Cinque Terre or Porto Venere or Portofino. Learn the history of Cinque Terre and discover the hidden gems that tourist never see. Take a break from the large tour groups and see it with someone who wants you to discover this wonderful area of the world. You will never hear the words, "Meet me back here in 30 minutes." We never leave your side, our aim is have you leave here knowing more then most people who come here. The bus tours are out to push you through and collect your money. We strive to make your time in Cinque Terre a most memorable one. Cinque Terre is not a bucket list, it is a really beautiful place to see. Come and discover the real Cinque Terre at your pace.

Reviewed By BeachGuyC6 - Chatham, New Jersey

We heard about Pall from our daughter's friend who took a trek with him. From the time we met him in Riomaggiore until the end of the day, we had a blast. He took us on a 12 km hike though all sorts of out-of-the-way spots and personalized the day with his genuine love of the area and the people who live there. We came across countless folks who he knew along the way.
At lunch, Pall brought us to Gli Ulivi in Volastra. I had one of the best meals there in our 10 days in Italy - Fresh pasta with clams and bottarga.
I highly recommend Trekguyd.

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