The five fishing villages: Riomaggiore, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia and Manarola are collectively known as Cinque Terre and they are all a few kilometres away from the cities of La Spezia and Levanto....
we took a bus from Firenze to Siena. the best time to visit siena is during the first weekend of july as the Il Palio horse races are on then and its a mad time to be in firence on the holiday of San Giovanni. in firenze, the best pizza is at gusto pizza in san spirito and the best pear cheese ravioli is at the restaurent behind the Duomo - Coquinarius. the easiest way to move around the tuscan countryside is to drive. also, most wine tasting happens on saturday/sunday mornings so be prepared to make it an early evening....
With what probably is one of the most pristine seas ever, Riomaggiore sits right on the Gulf of Genoa. Serene, and extremely blue, its waters are untouched, and this place is perfect in all aspects.Read More
Riomaggiore is one of the first of the five hamlets in Cinque Terre. It was a 15 minute train from La Spezia and once we got there, The town stretches along a vertical axe where steep staircases are the only means to move around the town. The houses are vibrant and typically one to two floors. The origins of Riomaggiore is dated back to the 8th century.
The largest of the five Cinque Terre fishing villages, Riomaggiore is the starting point for the Sentiero Azzurro or the Blue Walking Trail. Its brightly coloured, uneven houses perched on top of cliffs paint a lovely picture with tiny fishing boats scattered here and there on the harbour below. Do not miss the glowing sunset view of the village and if you like to spend a few nights, apartments are available for rent. If you descend a few steps behind the train station, you could read a book and sip on to some coffee on one of its secluded beaches.
A Cinque Terre Card, available at the La Spezia train station for around 12 Euros grants you free rides on trains connecting the villages up to the town of Levanto. If in case you are not walking along the Blue Trail, Riomaggiore is the first stop from La Spezia and the ride is approximately 10 minutes long. If you do not have a card, tickets can be bought for a little over a Euro at La Spezia and require validation. The train mostly runs through tunnels but even the smallest glimpse of the sea is breath-taking.