Travel Postcard – Relaxing in Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore Harbour at Dusk

I looked out over the rooftops to another bright and sunny day in Riomaggiore.  It was, however, somewhat windier than the previous few days and down at the harbour the boat booking office was closed with a notice saying that shipping was suspended due to the weather, so it was as well I had done the trip to Port Venere the day before.  It was Sunday (I knew this due to the loud bonging noises that had woken me up) so it seemed like the right time for a relaxing day in Riomaggiore…

Rooftops above Via Colombo in Riomaggiore
Rooftops above Via Colombo in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy

The rough seas meant that most of the boats had been hauled out of the harbour onto the slipway and above, so I was able to indulge in a favourite holiday pastime of photographing lots of boat details.

Boats at the Harbour in Riomaggiore
Boats at the Harbour in Riomaggiore

I followed the narrow path round from the harbour past the boat dock to the beach.  Some intrepid sunbathers had picked spots out on the breakwater, close to the crashing waves in the breezy conditions.  It was still mighty hot though, so a sit on the beach with a picnic lunch seemed like a good plan.  Others sat atop the mound of shingle formed by the waves and cooled off with feet in the water.

People Sitting on the Shingle at the Edge of the Waves
People Sitting on the Shingle at the Edge of the Waves

Swimming wasn’t really an option, but a few braved the waves and I gave it a go to cool off, but was immediately knocked off my feet and swirled around in the current – I imagined a bit  like being in a washing machine with a bunch of rocks.  I manged to crawl out again, somewhat bruised but nevertheless refreshed.   After that, staying on dry land and staring out to sea, with white cloud formations bubbling up on the horizon, seemed the better choice.

White Clouds Over the Ligurian Sea at Riomaggiore
White Clouds Over the Ligurian Sea at Riomaggiore

After the beach I headed back into town in search of something to eat, but came back down to the harbour at dusk for a bit more photography.  Clambering out onto the breakwater to photograph Riomaggiore wasn’t possible with the sea conditions, and a major building to the left of the harbour entrance was covered in scaffolding anyway, but I’d found a spot favoured by fishermen which gave  a good view of the other side of the harbour and set up there waiting for dusk and the lights to come on.

Riomaggiore Harbour at Dusk
Riomaggiore Harbour at Dusk

As the light faded, I made a few more long exposures looking out into the Ligurian Sea.

Twilight Seascape from Riomaggiore
Twilight Seascape from Riomaggiore

This made a lovely way to round off my visit to the Cinque Terre – I’d be up early the next day and setting off on my return journey, stopping first at Genoa.

For more images see my Riomaggiore set on flickr.

About marksunderland

Mark Sunderland is a landscape and travel photographer based in Yorkshire, England. He supplies licensed images through marksunderland.com - The Source for Images of Yorkshire - and also runs photography workshops in the Yorkshire Dales with Natural Light Workshops.

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