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Ravishing Riomaggiore, Italy!

A little town located in the southern most Cinque Terre’s Italian region is well known for its immense historic character. It’s said to be the very first village of the Cinque Terre that someone would meet whilst trotting north from La Spezia (see the map below).

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In the mid 1800s, the coastal rocky region became a renowned tourist holiday spot, post the life and works of famous painter, Telemaco Signorini. This town is well known for its Riomaggiore wine that is produced from the town’s local winery. This town can be reached by train, boat, or car, or a hiking trail to from one of the other villages. There are many inexpensive other interlinked trains too.

Riomaggiore is best enjoyed as a trek, or one can relax with a bottle of good wine at their Central Bar, or satiate yourself with the Mediterranean harbor’s aquatic life. The area is infused with pretty, colorful boats for fishing, fewer whales and dolphins, many kayaks and narrow alleys lined with stacked houses. Even trailing along rocky pathways is a much to-do activity for tourists there.

All the Cinque Terre’s five villages are interlinked by these rocky hiking trails that would bring you alongside the Mediterranean Sea, past huge abandoned neo-gothic castles, lush yellow lemon and grape vine trees and lime-stone bluffs. This trek though absolutely worthwhile can be a bit scary, steep and overtly rugged. Riomaggiore falls under the Riviera di Levante region, extending its shore towards the Mediterranean Gulf of Genoa. It also has a miniature wharf, tower houses and a small beach.

Characterized by typical old age stone houses with slate roofs, reflecting historic traditions and vividly colored facades, this region doesn’t dither to miss the eyes of most tourists. Riomaggiore’s steep staircases are ideally the only means of gallivanting around the town. It being a small village, walking around is not painful.

The once well equipped fortressed area is its national park, The Guardiola Tower. For sightseeing, the Castle of Riomaggiore is worth a visit and depicts all its cultural facades. Riomaggiore, in 1343 became an independent administrative village and during Napoleon’s age, the town of Manarola was also absorbed under it. Ironically, Manarola’s roots were way older than Riomaggiore’s iconic history. The main street of Riomaggiore is culturally very famous, with lots of options for food and a patio for playing music. The San Giovanni Battista of the 1340s is yet another stunning tourist attraction of gothic fame .

The weather in this region can be quite a hit or miss in peak winters, rainy and cold so beware. The summers are regular. Riomaggiore in Italy is a stunningly beautiful getaway for couples or families.

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