The easternmost village of the Cinque Terre clings to the steep valley walls of the creek from which it took its name (now underground). Legend has it that it was founded by a group of Greek refugees around the 8th century. This is the starting point for the romantic Via dell′Amore, a path cut into the rock that leads to Manarola.
The Macchiaiolo painter Telemaco Signorini spent various periods of his life in Riomaggiore, and with his drawings, paintings and writings he traced an important testimony of the culture and traditions of Riomaggiore.
Things to see
From the Cerricò Castle, a fortress dating back to the 13th century that still towers over Riomaggiore, you can enjoy a fabulous view overlooking the sea.
The small Cappella dei Santi Rocco e Sebastiano was built to commemorate a terrible plague that struck the town in 1480.
The Church of San Giovanni Battista, dating back to 1340, still houses many valuable paintings and drawings.
The botanical garden of Torre Guardiola, where among the old fortifications of the Second World War you can observe the local flora.