Starting from La Spezia, the first village you come to is Riomaggiore. Riomaggiore has the typical terraced structure of the villages located in torrential valleys , steep-walled valleys. The landscape is then typically vertical ; stairs and staircases are the roads. The main street is a covered canal ; under a stream flows Rivus Maior which gave the village its name . The houses present the scheme of " tower", built vertically on three or four floors with no more than two rooms per floor and linked to each other in parallel rows . The building material is local : the stones for the masonry , slate for roofs, plaster painted yellow or pink for facades. Access to the house is possible in addition to the main entrance, at the back of the upper floors .
From the point of view of the tourist: Riomaggiore is home to the headquarters of the National Park of Cinque Terre , whose presence is evidenced by an intense promotional activity visible a little ' everywhere in the country. The upper part of the village is characterized by a recent expansion of residential construction , while the narrow alleys that branch off from the main street and the marina are among the most characteristic of the Cinque Terre. Very beautiful glance of the marina, surrounded by tall buildings and towers " impregnable " for the pirates who frequented the ancient Ligurian coast . Wonderful views from the castle.