Riomaggiore - a commune in the Cinque Terre, the nearest town from the National Park of La Spezia. Population - 1736 people. Tourists visiting the Cinque Terre, mostly start with a visit to Riomaggiore.
This place is insanely beautiful and you must visit it at least once in a life, this is lifetime experience to travel to Riomaggiore.
Riomaggiore is included in the National Park of Cinque Terre in Italy, which in addition to our village include four wine territory - Corniglia, Manarola, Vernazza and Monterosso. Cinque Terre is protected by UNESCO, so coming here - you have to follow certain rules established by law.
First, you can not move around Riomaggiore by car. It is very narrow streets and so the local authorities decided to ban all vehicular traffic. Secondly, if you are asked to pay, for example, the famous passage Tropez love connecting the two villages, you have to pay. It is not a duty, but a tradition that should not violate. And thirdly, smile, smile because a smile in Riomaggiore is worth more than any amount of money.
And a little bit of love Tropez - do not be surprised when you see the walls covered with writing declarations of love and a lot of castles, through which the lovers say that they are willing to live with his second half before the end of life. Local leaders annually cuts locks because couples often hang them on the fence, which, because of the severity of spoil. But, as you can guess, the site of the cut quickly emerging new locks.
If you delve a little into history, Riomaggiore began to build eight centuries ago, and the village has quickly gained a high status among wineries and fishing locations. Export of fish and wine here is not only in the remotest corners of Italy and across Europe. Riomaggiore is also famous for its olive oil, because olive trees grow here is everywhere - on the edges of the road, and in the rich gardens.
During numerous wars and conquests, our village was an impregnable fortress for enemies. And all this because the house was built in Riomaggiore by step system, and grab them practically impossible. But now it makes life of people living here a little dangerous, because there is always a probability to fall off a cliff and a cripple.
The main attraction of the village - colorful houses, situated on the rocky ledges and resembling a futuristic nest. Bright house - not a whim residents, the fact that Riomaggiore life lived without the lighthouse and the ship not to run aground, guided by colored walls and towers houses.
There are a couple of hotels. Rent an apartment or room can be through the central real estate office Riomaggiore. During the night you can pay 15 to 30 euros per person.
This village has always attracted photographers, artists and other creative professionals who with extraordinary inspiration described in his writings or pictures of all the atmosphere of Riomaggiore, which took away the guests here in the distant dream. One of the first who spoke about the beauty and vibrant village, became painter Telemaco Signorini, who documented on his canvases incredible amount of corners, streets and houses of Riomaggiore. It was named after the main street leading from the station to the main church.
Food is no problem, almost everyone who lives here has its own restaurant. Main dishes - pizza, pasta and seafood, freshest and very tasty.