The village is made up of houses 3 to 4 storeys high and painted in the bright colours typical of Liguria. The Italian painter, Telemaco Signorini, who spent his holidays here, was inspired by the place and immortalised it in several paintings.
Via dell’Amore starts in Riomaggiore: this walking trail, dug out of the rock on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea, connects the town with the neighbouring village of Manarola. About one kilometre long, it is the ideal means to enjoy the spectacular view of the sea, seated comfortably on stone benches set in spaces on the side. Each bench is dedicated to a mythological figure.
The local speciality is a rice cake which owes its origins to the agricultural past of this piece of Ligurian costline and not to its seafaring history. It is traditionally prepared for the patronal feast of St. John the Baptist on 24 June.
Riomaggiore, like all the villages of the Cinque Terre, thanks to the beauty of their terraced landscape, receives visitors from all over the world and is known for its hospitality.