Riomaggiore is the largest of the five villages – the region's favourite postcard view (which I told about in my 1st post) and definitely my favourite.
Riomaggiore was founded in the beginning of the 13th century. Its population is about 1700 people and is the closest to the main city of La Spezia.
The landscape is typically vertical, ladders and stairways create the streets. The main street is a covered canal under which flows Rivus Maior that gave the village its name. The houses are short 3-4 floors and seems like stairways of houses. And I can only imagine how wonderful is that village by night. I wish I would have planned this trip better but on the last second it's impossibile to find accommodation so remember if you're planning to go to Cinque Terre book a room in advance.
Several trekking routes are created to connect the villages. The famous Sentiero Azzurro coastal path starts here. The first section to Manarola is called Via dell'Amore (Love Walk). The distances are not long, but if you decide to follow these routes you should be prepared to hike mountain paths .
The first thing I saw in Riomaggiore was this guy climbing. I kept my fingercrossed for him...) and yes, he did it! ^_^
The breathtaking view from the ferry boat.