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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Riomaggiore - First Village of the Five of the Cinque Terre, Italy

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Riomaggiore is one of the five villages of the Cinque Terre – a coast of Italian Riviera. If traveling north from La Spezia, Riomaggiore is the first village from the chain. Some vote it to be the most interesting of all five. Established in 13th century, the village has a dramatic coastline with the colorful houses. It is known for the wine produced from the local vineyards and fresh sea food in the cozy restaurants. The road from here leads to Manarola next – the second village of the Cinque Terre.

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Riomaggiore - First Village of the Five of the Cinque Terre, Italy

The village, dating from the early thirteenth century, is known for its historic character and its wine, produced by the town's vineyards. Riomaggiore is in the Riviera di Levante region and has 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.

Riomaggiore - First Village of the Five of the Cinque Terre, Italy

You can reach the Cinque Terre easily by car or train. If you are driving, I recommend that you park at one end of the Cinque Terre (either Riomaggiore or Monterosso al Mare) and travel between the towns by foot, train or boat (see below for more information). Probably because of Rick Steves, the Cinque Terre is overrun by American tourists (mostly young Americans), but you will also see many Germans (there must be a German version of Rick Steves) and Italians in this area.

Riomaggiore - First Village of the Five of the Cinque Terre, Italy

The climate is mild, the summer is long and warm. Afternoons are mitigated by the sea breeze of mistral, the winter almost always introduces a mild climate and ventilated, among the sea winds there are: from east/south, Scirocco; from west/south Libeccio, violent and almost cold, but of brief duration. The Grecale wind falls violent and cold and takes back more power in the brief valleys. Usuallly the average winter is around 12-14 degrees. The spring is usually moderate and introduce temperature until 25 centigrades. Autumms according the years can be beautiful or enough rainy.

Riomaggiore - First Village of the Five of the Cinque Terre, Italy
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