Take the same stairs back down, turn right at the bottom of the staircase and take the panoramic stroll around via Telemaco Signorini.
Follow it until you get to the train station (or, take the elevator for the shortcut to the train station).
B) Walk the “Terzo Binario” from the train station to the marina (but make sure you have correct footwear).
SENTIERO DEL TERZO BINARIO
Follow the road, up the stairs, make a right at the fork, and be careful with the steps. There are tons of steep stairs, which will lead you down to the marina.
FREQUENT QUESTIONS I GET FROM GUESTS…
If you’re booked with us, let me know in advance that you’ll be needing parking and you’ll have no issues. Send me the make and model of your car and I’ll book a spot for you. (The Cinque Terre is small and so are its parking spaces, so the make and model are key.)
Private parking is around € 25/day, so it’s still cheaper than the public parking structure (€ 38/day), but more importantly, you’ll arrive with your parking spot waiting for you. Otherwise, you can wait hours for a spot to open up in the public parking lot.
The car is great because it gives you tons of flexibility, but once you’re here, most likely, you won’t use your car until you check out. The Cinque Terre is best explored by boat, by train or by foot (trail).
*If you’re a non-EU guest and decide to rent a car in Italy, please don’t forget to get an International Drivers License. Some rental companies will rent you a car without one, but if you do get stopped by the police, they may ask you for it. It’s pretty easy to obtain and better safe than sorry.
Unless you have a disability placard, no. The historical center is part of the National Park and is pedestrian only. We will need to park your car in the parking zone in the village and walk down. The village is small, so it’ll be a less than 10 minute walk.
If you have a lot of bags, I can organize a porter for you, so be sure to ask.
IS RIOMAGGIORE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?
Unfortunately, no. Aside from Monterosso, the other 4 villages are vertical. Narrow, steep staircases are inevitable.
If you have a physical disability and want to see the five villages, contact us. We’ll be happy to arrange a private boat tour with departure and return to La Spezia (as their port is flat and will be easier to board.)
If you’re coming to the Cinque Terre, please be prepared to do stairs. Due to its unique landscape, the Cinque Terre is full of hills and narrow streets.
Yes, the tap in Riomaggiore is considered safe.
WHERE IS THE BANK / ATM?
There are two banks in Riomaggiore.
1) Carispezia at the train station.
2) Banco Desio on the main street.
Never use standalone ATM machines as commissions tend to be high.
Unfortunately, you cannot exchange currency at the banks here (you might want to try in the bigger cities).
Banks are open Monday through Friday and they are closed for lunch.
IS THERE A DOCTOR IN TOWN?
There is a Pubblica Assistenza (a voluntary based medical care and ambulance service) , located on the main street, close to Vertical Bar.
During the summer, the local doctor is there every day until about 6:30pm. Call me if you need a translator.
Pubblica Assistenza : +39 0187 920 777
Every village has its own bus that runs inside each town (remember, they generally don’t go from town to town.)
It’s free using your Cinque Terre card, otherwise it’s E2.50/person. You can buy your bus tickets directly on the bus.
The bus in Riomaggiore starts at the bottom of via Colombo (in front of the bank), goes up to the parking lot, around to the castle and back down.
Once a day (in the morning), it’ll also go directly to Volastra (if you want to do the Volastra to Corniglia hike).
You can get the bus schedule at the tourist info office, but it’s also posted outside the bus stop.
Mass at the main church (San Giovanni Battista) is regularly held on Saturdays at 17:30 (5:30pm) and Sundays at 11:00am.