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The first town in the Cinque Terre circuit is Riomaggiore, a colorful village built in a valley on the coast of the Italian Riviera. Dating back from the 13th century as a fishing village, it is now a favorite tourist location for both its charm and delicious local wine.

The village is traversed by the Rio Maggiore, which spills into the sea. Its wharf is bracketed by ancient tower houses that would defend it from raiders and seaside attacks. All around it and climbing up the valley sides are brightly colored habitations that make the town so lovely. Explore Riomaggiore’s medieval city center and nearby historical monuments such as the Church of San Giovanni Battista, built in the mid 14th century in the Roman-Gothic style and hosting several important artworks.

Things to see

Make your way through the narrow streets and steep steps to the top of the valley in order to enjoy the breathtaking view that it offers, or walk down to the coast and enjoy the turquoise waters. Via Colombo, the main street in Riomaggiore, offers visitors a number of cafes, restaurants and shops.

For the tourists who enjoy long romantic walks, there is the Via dell’Amore, a path approximately one kilometer long which runs along the coast and connects Riomaggiore to Manarola.