It's hard to find the words to describe how magical Riomaggiore was. The perfectly colored houses make it seem like an almost unreal place. Although it was a three hour trip from Florence I somehow managed to convince my boyfriend to trade in our last day of Tuscany for the Cinque Terre and it was so worth it!
Riomaggiore is the most southern of the five villages (the Cinque Terre). Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are all connected by trail. The first thing I wanted to do when we arrived at the train station was head to the harbor and see the beautiful tower houses that are pictured on every Riomaggiore postcard you'll find. The view was stunning. I felt so lucky standing at the bottom of it all and realizing this must be the most beautiful place I'd ever seen! I was/am particularly obsessed with the bright red house standing out between the others, which as you'll see in older photos has recently been repainted.
After taking a million photos, we decided to grab a bite in the village center. The main street, Via Colombo, is full of food shops offering classic Italian snacks like focaccia and paninis but also local seafood specialties. Just like in the harbor, the buildings in the Via Colombo are wonderfully colorful.
Through a small tunnel we got back to the train station where, if you're interested, you can find the start of the Via dell'Amore, the famous walking path linking Riomaggiore to Manarola. It's a shame we didn't have enough time but I'd love to go back someday to do that and to visit the other four villages. Dreams, dreams, dreams!
This was the last bit of my Italian adventures so I hope you enjoyed it!
Have a lovely week! ❤
1 & 2. The colorful tower houses in the harbor - 3 & 4. Wearing a F21 top, bow + rings, an UO skirt and a Primark bag - 5. Fish 'n' chips Riomaggiore style - 6, 7 & 8. Via Colombo, Riomaggiore's main street - 9. At the bottom of the harbor