Catching the ferry to Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre, Italy

It was our last day in Italy’s beautiful Cinque Terre, and we wanted to make the most of it. We still had two villages to explore, so, like our first trip to Vernazza, we hopped on the ferry in the morning to make our way to the last village – Riomaggiore.

The ferry that runs up and down the beautiful coastline between the villages of Cinque Terre is a great way to explore the area. Catching the train and hiking between the villages is nice, but it is from the water that you really get a proper view of the villages. On this particular day we would get a view of all five of the villages, leaving from Monterosso al Mare, stopping at Vernazza, passing Corniglia and Manarola and finally hopping off at Riomaggiore.

The smell of the warm salty Mediterranean air is soothing with the rock of the boat and the soft splashing of the sea in it’s wake, and the views are spectacular on a warm sunny day.

Passing Vernazza on the ferry on the way to Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre, Italy

Passing Vernazza

View of Corniglia from the sea on the way to Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre, Italy


View of Manarola from the sea on the way to Riomaggiore Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre, Italy


Riomaggiore from the sea Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre, Italy

Approaching Riomaggiore

When we eventually reached Riomaggiore, the walkway was extended to the rocky pier, the captain expertly keeping the boat still as we all hopped off to explore the town. From the pier we had to walk up some stairs along the cliff, and as we rounded the corner we were rewarded with a beautiful view of the village. The typical colourful boats of the Cinque Terre rocked calmly in the small man made harbour, with others sitting up out of the water nearby.

Hopping off the ferry at Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre, Italy

Hopping off the ferry at Riomaggiore

View of Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre, Italy

View of Riomaggiore

Harbour in Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre, Italy

The harbour in Riomaggiore

The main central street makes it’s way up through the tiny village, with it’s colourful houses and buildings rising up above it. Shops and cafes line the street, and we found ourselves sampling some of the local food as we explored the town further.

The main street in Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre, Italy

The main street through town

Our plan was to walk to Manarola from here, so as we climbed up the hill through the town, we found ourselves at a beautiful little church with views out across the rooftops of Riomaggiore.

San Giovanni Battista Church in Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre, Italy

San Giovanni Battista Church

Rooftop views in Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre, Italy

Rooftop views across Riomaggiore

The Cinque Terre continued to impress, and as we located the path to Manarola, I knew for sure that I would have to come back to this beautiful part of Italy.


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9 comments… add one
  • Jo Oct 24, 2012

    We did the walk thing but I can sure see your nice views from the sea… next time – oh yes there has to be a next time – we do it your way! Nice photos by the way.

  • nomadic translator Oct 26, 2012

    very scenic, wonderful ferry ride! And barely any people, too. Great time to visit the touristy area eh? Can’t wait to see it for myself

    – Maria Alexandra

    ps – your commentluv plug-in isn’t working. I got this: “Error. Parsing JSON Request failed. error! not authorized c5f9f689c5” You might want to look into it 😉

    • Dean Wickham Oct 31, 2012

      Hi Maria. Yes it is a very scenic ferry ride. Some places had more people than others, but I never felt like it was overcrowded when I was there.
      And thanks for letting me know about the error 🙂
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  • ace traveller Nov 2, 2012

    How I love Italy…it has my heart. I have never had the pleasure of visiting Riomaggiore but I can tell from your photos it has all that I love about the country.

    • Dean Wickham Nov 3, 2012

      Italy captured my heart as well. I think a piece of it will always be there 🙂 Cheers

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