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It is said that the origin of the town of Riomaggiore dates back to around the eighth century, but the first remaining historic buildings give it a medieval origin. This is the characteristic village of the Cinque Terre, with its houses colored with the typical Ligurian colors, in a natural context that offers stretches of Mediterranean vegetation and extraordinary views overlooking the sea.
Together with Monterosso al Mare, it is the most populated town of the Cinque Terre and both delimit the territory.
The upper part of the town offers beautiful views of the sea, starting from the square in front of the church of San Giovanni Battista, built in 1340 in neo-Gothic style, characterized by a magnificent rose-shaped window on the facade.
Continuing the journey further, you reach the Castle of Riomaggiore, built in 1260, which stands on a mountain spur, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view.
Riomaggiore offers numerous paths in the direction of Manarola or Portovenere. Whatever direction you want to take, you will encounter beautiful paths that alternate extraordinary views overlooking the sea with Mediterranean vegetation.
To reach Manarola, there is a simple path of about one kilometer, known as the Via dell'Amore, which runs alongside the coast.
However, there is another path towards Manarola that gives emotions. Despite an uphill start, you will find yourself on a promontory, from which you can see Manarola below and an extraordinary panorama in front of you. On the right, however, you could see the silhouettes of the largest nativity scene in the world, which is illuminated during the Christmas period.
In the direction of Portovenere, however, you can reach the sanctuary of Our Lady of Montenegro, a couple of kilometers on foot from Riomaggiore and from which you can see an extraordinary view of the sea from 340 meters high.
If you are not yet weak from the journey, you can take the path of the 1100 steps of Montesteroli.
If, on the other hand, you want to reach the town of Portovenere starting from Riomaggiore, you will have to walk the"Path of the Infinite", along a path of 12 km, lasting about 5 hours. After about an hour's walk, you will reach the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora di Montenero at 340 meters above sea level, and then continue towards the Colle del Telegrafo.