Riomaggiore does have a public beach. At the harbour, you turn left and walk past the ferry dock, along a narrow rocky ledge and Voila, you are on the beach.
Patty and I first went there in the morning, before we headed for coffee. It was very quiet with all the tourists still in bed. A good place for quiet contemplation.
The beach is rocky as a lot of beaches in this area tend to be. Looking up the hillside, you can see openings into the train tunnel through the rocks and abutments. Along the narrow access path, there are some fantastic rocky formations at the water’s edge.
We came back to the beach with J & F, after our day of exploring Riomaggiore. The atmosphere was much different now. The beach was full of sunbathers, the sun was beaming down through the cloudy sky and the water and shadow play were very interesting.
Shimmering waters under hazy sun.
Narrow rock pathway, walk slowly, don’t run,
one misplaced footstep and you may be done.
Beach comes into view, with rocks grey and dun,
now full of sunbathers, having great fun.
I long for morning, with just me, plus one.