"Life in the Cinque Terre" Top 5 Page for this destination Riomaggiore by toonsarah
Riomaggiore Travel Guide: 291 reviews and 941 photos
Riomaggiore, like all the Cinque Terre villages, is set on the steep hills that line this coast. It is divided into two by one of these hills, at the top of which sits a small castle. The station is in the northern half, while the picturesque harbour, main street and most of the more interesting old buildings, as well as accommodation, is in the southern one. We found it an excellent base for our stay in the area, and a great one in which to get a feel for the Cinque Terre – the history, culture and way of life of the people who for centuries have carved a difficult living out of this unyielding soil and mountainous terrain.
In fact, one of the things that most fascinated me about Riomaggiore, and the Cinque Terre region in general, was watching how people lived here, which is in many respects just how they must have lived for centuries. This is an unforgiving landscape for human habitation – steep, stony hillsides do not lend themselves easily to cultivation, even of such tolerant crops as olives and vines, and they are little better when it comes to building as it is so hard to find a level surface on which to lay your foundations. Yet people do live here, and the villages thrive despite these challenges.
We visited all five of the Cinque Terre villages during our stay: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. As Riomaggiore is where we stayed, I will group all of my tips about the region as a whole here, rather than repeat all of them five times.
- Pros:Beautiful scenery, good food and wine - Italy ar its best
- Cons:A little too crowded in the height of the season
This is a lovely shop for foodies! It showcases the typical produce of the Cinque Terre – herbs, olives, different... more travel advice
These photos show some other local customs we spotted and liked: Photo 1 ~ on a Sunday evening all the older locals... more travel advice
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