Special Murals in Riomaggiore

July 8, 2013 / Places
Riomaggiore, Liguria

Next time you visit Riomaggiore, one of the famous Cinque Terre towns, look at the huge colourful murales. These special and unique murals tells the story of the men and women who over several generations and thousands of years built and maintained more than eight million cubic meters of dry stone walls that run throughout the Cinque Terre.

They used only sandstone, and they had no cement or other binding material to work with, which makes the landscape that they built unique in the world as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

Wandering in Riomaggiore, you’ll notice another mural which represents heroic fisherman and grape growers of the region and it is painted on the walls of the city hall, by the Argentinian artist Silvio Benedetto.

Riomaggiore, 5 Terre

Benedetto explains his work with the following words:

This is how I chose to narrate them – without heroism or vaunting, without “affability” or idealism. I painted men of times gone by who saved their land by raising walls, stone upon stone. These people took on this opus independently, that is without subjection, and this is why upon seeing their portayal someone commented, “There’s toil but also serenity in their faces”. Hard but serene faces. Faces like the landscape with wrinkles like furrows that do not welcome impostors, jesters or the high and mighty, but seeds of freedom. I painted men that prop up the land: one passes stones between strawberry trees and honeysuckles, another places stones among salamanders and yet another hits the stones and frightens the jays.

Riomaggiore, Beautiful Liguria

Anna Merulla

by Anna Merulla

Founder of Beautiful Liguria, a travel concierge service that offers everything from tour planning, hiking excursions, cooking lessons, personal shopping and much more in this great region. In 2009 she decided to begin sharing her personal knowledge of the beauty, the culture, and the history of Liguria in which she’s immersed every day.

9 Responses to “Special Murals in Riomaggiore”

  1. Giuseppe Spano
    Giuseppe Spano

    come i dipinti, così anche la bellezza delle parole

  2. Please tell us of the condition of the paths. I am getting conflicting accounts of the trail closest to the sea which connects the towns. Last fall it was recommended not to travel this path.


    • Mr. Michael, the ” Via dell’amore” is a very good path. It’s just like any street and you can do it even with kids. The other paths are not that hard but it’s interesting to be healthy and used to exercises. If you are going with kids or don’t want to get disappointed, I suggest you to do the VIA DELL AMORE, and use the trains that connects the towns: it’s very fast easy and you can be sure that you are going to enjoy your stay. All of them are so charming and cozy that you would regret missing any of the them because of some difficulties you could find by the way. I hope you enjoy it

  3. louise

    How fascinating. Are all the murals by Benedetto? Please tell us more about the Cinque Terre.

  4. Linda Boccia

    Quando era questi murali dipinto? Non me ricordo se noi ci abbiamo visto quando noi abbiamo vissuto a Lucca e noi abbiamo preso frequentamente i nostri ospiti al Cinque Terre. Se questi murali hanno dipinto dopo la colata di fango non l’abbiamo visto. Sono bellissimi. Grazie per i foto.

  5. Anna

    Ciao a tutti! thanks for reading my note. It’s a pleasure to share the beauties of the region where I live with you.
    @Michael unfortunately some paths are still closed as the Via dell’Amore, portion of the path n.2 @Linda Ciao! i murales sono stati dipinti dall’artista Benedetto nel 1999. Egli ha voluto creare una sorta di sentiero “turistico-culturale” dipingendo questi murales. Sono bellissimi!

  6. This is truly an enchanted “terre”. Unsurpassed beauty, warm and generous people, great food and local wines. Riomaggiore is a wonderland of twisting streets and stairways, tunnels and “vias” or alleyways. Such fun to explore. And there is the wonderful Mediterranean Sea at its foot.

  7. Donna Ranelli Gregory

    I’ve been to Italy 6 times & my favorite is Cinque Terra. Taormina, Sicily, is 2nd. Monterossa is where I stayed at a wonderful bed & breakfast up the hill.


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