Riomaggiore Castle

Riomaggiore, Italy

The Castle of Riomaggiore was built in the 13th century by order of Marquis Turcotti, lord of Ripalta, and it is one of the most important historical edifices in Cinque Terre. Indeed, the construction works were initiated by the marquis in 1260, but they were completed by the Genovese, after a period during which the property passed to Nicolo Fieschi. Back then, the Republic of Genoa was interested in strengthening the defensive system of Riomaggiore, and the castle was part of this project.

The square-based castle overlooks the sea, and, at its turn, it is overtopped by two circular towers which flank the entrance. In time, the castle underwent significant structural alterations, not to mention it was also used as a cemetery (in the early 19th century). The Oratory of Saint Rocco is located in the vicinity of the castle. At present, the edifice is used to cultural purposes, being home to sundry events. It can be reached by climbing the abrupt road which leads from the train station to the castle. It is also accessible from the courtyard of the Church of Saint John the Baptist of Riomaggiore. The castle is also locally known as Castellazzo of Cerrico.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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LJ Decker (11 months ago)
Good views but the castle itself is meaningless and nothing special. It's kind of off the tourist path so if you want to have a nice little hike to get away, by all means, do that. But the castle itself charges for entry and there's no reason to go in.
Sandeep Vedavyas (12 months ago)
The location is beautiful on the top with a lot of trekking on steps and an inclined pathway, carry some water and drinks for the hike. It's a beautiful view and a very calm place. Do not look for the trees beside the cross they are chopped off no more visible on the actual scene.
Debbie Zioni (14 months ago)
This castle is really not accessible. We were not aware of the climb until we got to the directions sign and saw the steep stairs. The view is probably stunning but you can see the same view from a few meters below.
Matt Stein (2 years ago)
To get the best view of the surrounding area (without hiking) of Riomaggorie you need to spend 2 euros to go inside this castle. And it’s really just to see a view. There is a rotating art gallery in the main room however. The view is great.
Bob Marinkovich (2 years ago)
One of most beautiful places in Italy is Cinque Terre. The Cinque Terre literally means "five lands" in Italian. The Five Lands are five small fishing villages located one behind the other in one of the most picturesque corners of the Ligurian coast. Riomaggiore is the southernmost village of the Five Lands. It is the second largest village out of five. It is especially appreciated by romantics, sailing up to it from the sea at sunset, enjoying the stepped houses along the small port and the pastel glow of the setting sun reflected in the sea. Here, as well as in other villages, you can go hiking along picturesque paths, and for lovers of nightlife, it can be considered the most party place among other villages.
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