Riomaggiore has the charm of villages wrested from the sea, with houses that slope down towards the water, clinging to a mountain dotted with rows of vines. Here there begins the Via dell'Amore (Road of love) that goes as far as Manarola, a very charming pedestrian road along which splendid landscapes can be admired, amid the noise of the waves that break on the rocks and the brackish air.
The slate roofs of the typical house-towers and the pastel colour façades create enchanting games of shadow and light, a challenge for Telemaco Signorini, one of the leaders of the Macchiaioli, who lived here and tried to capture it in his paintings.
If nature has made Cinque Terre a very beautiful place, it is man that has made it unique: with stones and earth, over the centuries farmers have remodelled the landscape creating terraces (in dialect cian) for vegetable gardens, vines and olive trees, and water channels and paths to go from one village to another. It is all held up by dry-stone walls, whose construction technique is a common heritage handed down over the centuries.
An ever changing landscape, where wine-growing becomes heroic because it is toil and difficulty. However, all this commitment is rewarded with the production of two good wines: a controlled-origin-denomination white and Sciacchetrà, one of the most appreciated passito wines in Italy, exceptional for bouquet and taste.