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Top Choice Bar in Riomaggiore

La Conchiglia

A fantastic find: down-to-earth, friendly and unflustered staff; a fantastic well-priced local wine list; absolute waterfront positions and a menu of big, healthy salads, panini and burgers if you've missed lunch or…
Top Choice Bar in Corniglia

La Scuna

Vinyl, beer and a panoramic terrace? This bastion of hipsterdom comes as a surprise in this most traditional of regions but the welcome is warm and the beers on tap are both cold and a cut way above bottled Peroni.
Viewpoint in Manarola

Punta Bonfiglio

Manarola's prized viewpoint is on a rocky promontory on the path out of town towards Corniglia where walkers stop for classic photos of the village. A rest area, including a kids' playground, has been constructed he…
Viewpoint in Corniglia

Belvedere di Santa Maria

Enjoy dazzling 180-degree sea views at this heart-stopping lookout in hilltop Corniglia. To find it, follow Via Fieschi through the village until you eventually reach the clifftop balcony.
Beach in Riomaggiore

Fossola Beach

This small pebbly beach is immediately southeast of Riomaggiore marina. It's rugged and delightfully secluded. Swimmers should be wary of currents here.
Seafood in Monterosso

Ristorante Belvedere

With tables overlooking the beach, this unpretentious seafood restaurant is a good place to try the local bounty. Start with penne con scampi (pasta tubes with scampi) before diving into a rich zuppa di pesce (fish …
Church in Monterosso

Convento dei Cappuccini

Monterosso's most interesting church and convent complex is set on the hill that divides the old town from the newer Fegina quarter. The striped church, the Chiesa di San Francesco, dates from 1623 and has a paintin…
Wine Bar in Vernazza

Burgus Bar

A charming little hole-in-the-wall, with only a couple of ringside benches looking over Piazza Marconi to the little beach, this neighbourhood bar serves up glasses of the fragrant, ethereal mix of local Albarola, B…
Ligurian in Riomaggiore

Colle del Telegrafo

Perched on a ridge south of Riomaggiore, where the old telegraph line used to be strung, the views from the Colle del Telegrafo are spectacular. But they don’t overshadow the carefully prepared dishes of pasta with …
Trattoria in Monterosso

Trattoria da Oscar

Behind Piazza Matteoti, in the heart of the old town, this vaulted dining room is run by a young, friendly team and attracts a strong local crowd. The town's famed anchovies dominate the menu; whether you go for the…