With five villages to choose from in the Cinque Terre, not to mention all the other villages nearby which were competing for our tourist dollar, we had our work cut out for us trying to decide where to stay. Arriving to a view like this, we suspected it was a good decision to spend two full days based in Riomaggiore, the southern most village of the Cinque Terre.
Waking up to views like this just confirmed our suspicions.
As we visited Riomaggiore in the lowest point of the low-season, we practically had the village to ourselves. Almost all of the restaurants were closed, most of the locals had left these peaceful villages for a month of holiday and tourists were few and far between.
The locals who were still there, went about their daily life with little regard for tourists snapping photos from afar.
There are murals aplenty in Riomaggiore, proudly covering walls, buildings and even the tunnel to the train station.
We spent an entire day wandering (or should I say hiking, it was pretty tiring work getting up that hill!) through the charming alleyways and up very steep staircases.
And it was all worth if for views like this: