Off-season opening and closing dates for Riomaggiore businesses

The off-season has arrived and many local businesses have already taken advantage of the slight lull and have closed for some much needed R&R.  It can be tricky for those planning to visit in the off-season to know which restaurants, bars & cafés will be open (heck, it’s even tricky for us locals to know and keep track!).  I’ve created this cheat sheet so you’ll know what to find open during your visit to Riomaggiore this off-season.  Keep in mind that *in theory* there should always be at least one bar and one restaurant open during the off-season to accommodate visitors and locals.

Like many things in Italy, the following list is elastic (read: not set in stone) and I will be amending it as new information is given to me or changes are made (so be sure to check back).


Dau Cila:  Open until December 31st with the exception of their weekly day of closure on Mondays, closed starting in January (precise date still not known) until February 28th

Il Grottino: Closed from October 31st to March 7th

La Grotta: Closed from October 31st to March 7th

La Lampara:  Open until January 7th, closed on Tuesdays, plans to reopen March 1st

Osteria Maitè: Closed from the 11th to the 26th of December

Rio Bistrot: Closed for the month of November

Ripa del Sole: Closed from November 13th to March 12th

Trattoria Via dell’Amore: Open but with plans to close for two weeks in January or February, closed on Wednesdays, Christmas Eve and Christmas day

Veciu Muin:  Will remain open except for their weekly day of closure on Wednesdays

Grocery markets

Alimentari Franca:  Will remain open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm for the month of November (opening days and hours for other months are still TBD)

Coop 5Terre*:  Will remain open 7 days a week (with closure mid-day) for the month of November (opening days and hours for other months are still TBD)

*There are two Coop 5Terre locations in Riomaggiore (both on the main street).  If one is closed try checking the other!

Take-away shops

Costevé: Closed from November 1st to February 28th

Da Paolino: Closed from November 12th to March 30th

Il Pescato Cucinato: Closed from November 2nd to March 15th

Mamma Mia: Closed from November 5th to March 1st

Faina e Fugassa: Open only on weekends in November and December, closed from January 6th to March 6th

K&Pris Pizzeria: Closed from the 15th to the 22nd of January

Siamo Fritti: Unknown at this time


GelateRio: Closed for the off-season

Gelateria Sottozero: Closed from November 10th to March 14th

Gelateria Zenzero:  Closed from November 10th through March 8th

Old School:  Closed for the off-season

*Unlike other countries, Italians think of ice cream as being a seasonal treat so it’s quite normal for gelaterie to be open only during the warmer months of the year.


A Piè de Ma Bar & Vini: Strictly a seasonal bar, it will reopen for peak-season 2018

Bar Centrale: Open until December 16th with weekly day of closure on Mondays, they will reopen in February (precise date TBD)

Bar O’Netto: Closed from November 6th to December 6th, starting December 7th their weekly day of closure is Thursday

Bar Stazione: Open until January 22nd with Tuesday being the weekly day of closure, closed for holiday from January 23rd to February 13th

Fuori Rotta: Unknown at this time

Il Maggiore: Closed from November 6th to 9th, open from November 10th until January with Wednesday being their weekly day of closure, they will close in January (precise date TBD)

La Conchiglia: Strictly a seasonal bar, it will reopen around the 20th of March (precise date TBD)

La Zorza: Closed from November 16th to December 23rd and from January 9th to March 15th

Nonna Vittoria:  Closed starting November 12th, reopens January 15th

Vertical:  Closed for the off-season minus sporadic weekend openings


Panificio Rosy:  Closed from November 5th to December 20th*

*In the meantime, you can pick up fresh bread at the grocery markets (fresh bread is kept behind the counter)

I hope you’ve found this information helpful! Enjoy the peace and quiet of the off-season.







One thought on “Off-season opening and closing dates for Riomaggiore businesses

  1. Dear Amy,

    We will be travelling to Cinque Terre in July, 2018 and we have 11 year old daughter who is allergic to all nuts including pine nuts. Can you offer any advice on dining with nuts allergy?


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