Riomaggiore (Ligurian: Rimazzô, locally Rimazùu[3]) is a village and commune in the province of La Spezia, situated in a small valley in the Liguria region of Italy. It is the first of the Cinque Terre villages one encounters when travelling north from La Spezia.

Comune di Riomaggiore
Coat of arms of Riomaggiore
Location of Riomaggiore
Riomaggiore is located in Italy
Location of Riomaggiore in Italy
Riomaggiore is located in Liguria
Riomaggiore (Liguria)
Coordinates: 44°06′N 09°45′E / 44.100°N 9.750°E / 44.100; 9.750
ProvinceLa Spezia (SP)
FrazioniGroppo, Manarola, Volastra
 • MayorFabrizia Pecunia
 • Total10.27 km2 (3.97 sq mi)
 (1 January 2016)[2]
 • Total1,576
 • Density150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0187
Patron saintSt. John the Baptist
Saint day24 June
Riomaggiore, the southern-most village of the Cinque Terre

The village, dating from the early thirteenth century, is known for its historic character and wine produced by the town's vineyards. Riomaggiore is in the Riviera di Levante region. It has a shoreline on the Mediterranean's Gulf of Genoa, with a small beach and a wharf framed by tower houses. Riomaggiore's main street is Via Colombo, where numerous restaurants, bars, and shops can be found.

The Via dell'Amore is a path connecting Riomaggiore to its frazione Manarola, also part of the Cinque Terre.

Riomaggiore is the most southern village of the five Cinque Terre, all connected by trail. The water and mountainside have been declared national parks.

Riomaggiore inspired paintings by Telemaco Signorini (1835–1901), one of the artists of the Macchiaioli group.

Transportation edit

Riomaggiore railway station is on the Genoa–Pisa railway. It is served by trains run by Trenitalia, including services from La Spezia Centrale.

Inside Riomaggiore, all major attractions are walkable for tourists.

In popular culture edit

Riomaggiore was featured in the 2014 driving video game Forza Horizon 2. The village was not featured as the central location but was referenced on various road signs.

Riomaggiore hill view

Riomaggiore and other Cinque Terre towns were the inspiration for the fictional Portorosso in the 2021 animated film Luca.[4]

Gallery edit

Coast in Riomaggiore
Riomaggiore, c.1895, by Telemaco Signorini

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Statistiche demografiche ISTAT". Istituto Nazionale di Statistica (ISTAT). 1 January 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  3. ^ Frisoni, Gaetano [in Italian] (1910). Dizionario Genovese-Italiano e Italiano-Genovese (in Italian). Genoa: Nuova Editrice Genovese.
  4. ^ Carey, Meredith (28 April 2021). "How Disney and Pixar's 'Luca' Built a Fictional Town Using the Best Parts of Cinque Terre". Condé Nast Traveler. Retrieved 20 June 2021.

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