If you’re on social media then you’ll notice Cinque Terre has been growing in popularity over the last few years. It is in the Liguria region of Italy and contains five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The transport to Riomaggiore took 3 hours with 2 trains. The first train journey was fast, but the second was brutal; no air conditioner, hard seats and no open windows. If you do the trip, make sure you get the fast train and don’t spare any expense unless you’re feeling up to the challenge!
Where to eat in Riomaggiore
After realizing that the Via dell’Amore path from Riomaggiore to Manarola was closed, we decided to get the train up to the next town Manarola where we would start our hike to Corniglia via Volastra. This is a 3.5km hike with a 1700ft climb, the level of difficulty is stated as “high” with a walking time of around 2 hours and 30 minutes. If you’ve consumed copious amounts of pizza and pasta and want to live guilt free, I would recommend this hike. This was physically challenging, especially in the heat but the views were stunning!
North to South
After missing the turning to the town of Corniglia, we decided to just jump on the train to the next town Vernazza. This was the first of the five fishing towns to be built in Cinque Terre and is considered the busiest and most popular:
Try Something Different
After a long day of walking, we had some yummy pasta at one of the Riomaggioe restaurants. When you’re in this region make sure you try the local wine, seafood as well as Pesto which originated from the Italian Rivera! However, if you want to try something different, I would recommend buying a take away pizza, or making yourself a picnic and planting yourself here (below). Lots of families had bought pizza’s and wine and were enjoying the view outside. I think if we’d have known, we would have done the same on our first night!