Riomaggiore Tours

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Riomaggiore is photogenic from every angle, thanks to its jumble of multicolored buildings cocooned between dramatic sea cliffs and fronted by an expanse of blue ocean. The largest and southernmost of northern Italy’s five Cinque Terre villages, Riomaggiore is the place for romantic promenades, sipping coffee in traditional cafés, and bird watching along the rocky shores.

The Basics
Riomaggiore makes a good base for sailing or kayaking along the Italian Riviera coast; wine-tasting tours to the Montenero vineyards; and hiking and mountain biking excursions in Cinque Terre National Park, which encompasses all five Cinque Terre towns. Day tours to Riomaggiore run from La Spezia, Siena, Florence, and Milan, and typically also visit the neighboring villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, and Manarola, as well as nearby Portovenere.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Riomaggiore can get busy in peak summer season, so book tours and accommodations in advance.
  • Bring comfortable, sturdy walking shoes, as the village roads are steep and often uneven.
  • While many hotels and tourist attractions in Riomaggiore are wheelchair and stroller accessible, the village’s steep and narrow lanes can be challenging to navigate for those with mobility issues.

How to Get There
Located in Cinque Terre National Park, just south of Manarola along the Italian Riviera, Riomaggiore is a two-hour drive from Florence or a 30-minute drive from La Spezia. Parking is limited in Riomaggiore, so unless you are staying in town overnight, it’s best to join a tour or arrive by train from La Spezia (a five-minute ride). Alternatively, from mid-April through October, ferries connect Riomaggiore with La Spezia, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, and Manarola. 
 
When to Get There
Riomaggiore sees the most visitors and the highest temperatures—upwards of (100°F (40°C)—in summer. Hikers should aim to visit in May or September to avoid the peak heat, while budget-minded travelers should note that hotel prices rise in August. Visiting in winter is possible, but some hiking trails may be inaccessible in heavy rain or icy conditions. 

Buon Appetito!
Home to some of Cinque Terre’s best restaurants and cafés, Riomaggiore is a great place to sample authentic Ligurian cuisine. Look out for signature dishes such as coniglio alla ligure (red wine–braised rabbit) and pesto alla Genovese (pasta with fresh pesto), street foods like pansotti (stuffed pasta) and farinata (chickpea pancakes), and the sweet dessert wine Sciacchetra.
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Address: Riomaggiore, Italy
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Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip from Florence

Experience the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre in one day with a guided hike through the five idyllic fishing villages of old-world Italy. Following the walking trails along the cliffs of the national park, you will see glorious views of this unspoiled stretch of the Italian Riviera. Check out the highlights and learn about the area as you complete a 3.4-mile (5.5-km) route with your guide. This day trip to Cinque Terre from Florence includes transportation by coach, train and boat.
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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Private Cinque Terre Trekking Tours

Explore ancient seaside villages along the Italian Riviera's rugged coastline on this private Cinque Terre trekking tour. Stroll among the vineyards as you explore centuries-old settlements including Riomaggiore, Groppo, Manarola and Vernazza with your private guide. Hear of the villages' history and winegrowing heritage, and discover top attractions along the way such as the Via dell'Amore and the 14th-century church of Our Lady of Health in Volastra. Enjoy panoramic views over the Italian coastline as the azure-blue waters of the Ligurian Sea sparkle in the distance.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Cinque Terre Sailing Day Trip from La Spezia

See Cinque Terre from another perspective: from a boat at sea. Spend a full day sailing along the Italian riviera, viewing the five seaside towns and learning about the history of the area from your skipper. Drink in the views of the colorful villages that hug the coastline. Learn some sailing tips from the crew. Stop to swim in the shimmering sea. And then indulge in a lunch of Ligurian specialties, washing it down with some locally produced wine. Participants are limited to just 10 people on this small-group tour, ensuring plenty of personalized attention.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Cinque Terre Wine Tour in Riomaggiore and Hiking Through the Vineyards

Explore the unique wine-making history the Cinque Terre with a 3-hour wine tour from Riomaggiore. Take the public bus and meet the wine maker Andrea in Montenero, where you’ll walk between rows of grapes growing in a vineyard with a view. Learn about the traditional methods of making wine in this part of Italy, then then try Andrea’s wines in this spectacular location. The size of this group is limited to 8 people, making it a more personal experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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