Monterosso al Mare
Monterosso al Mare (in Ligurian „Munterussu“) is one of the five villages in Cinque Terre.
Town and comune belong to the province of La Spezia, which is part of the region of Liguria located in northern Italy.
Monterosso al Mare is located at the center of a small natural gulf, protected by a small artificial reef, to the east of Punta Mesco in the Riviera of La Spezia.
This village is the westernmost of the five villages of Cinque Terre.
Beyond the hill of the Capuchins (in the western area of the original village) you can find the village of Fegina where the train station and a quite modern tourist resort facility are located – while the ancient village can be reached using a tunnel with a length of some dozens of meters. The railroad was built in 1870 and is (at least for most people) the main way to enter the city.
Fegina with it’s beaches is more „spacious“ if you compare it with the other villages of Cinque Terre with all those narrow cliffs.
The town has two distinct parts: the old town and the new town, which are connected by one single tunnel for pedestrians (ok, and some few cars).
The really beautiful beach runs along most of Monterossos coast line.
It’s the only real sand beach in the Cinque Terre and frequented by locals and tourists – the latter are „flooding“ this small time during summer months, which makes Monterosso quite a crowded place sometimes. But it’s more than worth visting it!
The whole region is very famous for its many lemon trees, which you can find throughout Monterosso. But it’s also known for it’s white wines, grapes, and olives.
Where to go, what to see?
Monterosso has much to offer.
There is a Castle, which is partially ruined and has been built by the Genoese.
You can visit the parish church of St. John the Baptist (1282–1307).
The façade of the basilica-type building (including a nave and two aisles) has four small marble columns and an amazing main portal
which is surmounted by a fresco portraying the baptism of Christ and the square medieval bell tower is crowned by merlons.
Take a look at the convent of Monterosso al Mare, which is visible from nearly all parts of the Cinque Terre.
It’s THE prime attraction for many tourists coming to Cinque Terre – as it has historical and artistic treasures which are reminiscent of the 1600 building in Capuchin style, with it’s altar and the choir in wood.
Among the works of art, there’s a „Crucifixion“, attributed to Van Dyck and „Saint Girolamo the penitent“ by Luca Cambiaso –
and the refectory with its vaulted ceiling features Strozzi’s „Veronica“.
All the characteristics, typical of the time of its origins, have been maintained by the convent.
As already mentioned above, there’s a beach!
Take some time to relax and have a good drink.
The Monterosso Giant, a statue representing Neptune which is located at the end of the beach of Fegina.
An amazing 14m sculpture made 1910 in armed cement and iron, work of Arrigo Minerbi of Ferrara and the engineer Levacher, built by Giovanni and Juanita Pastine.
How to get there?
The Cinque Terre hiking trails, which have been taken over by the national park system (so now there’s a fee to hike on the trail).
Today, the easiest and most comfortable way to go to Monterosso is to take the local train.
There are trains from La Spezia or Genoa or Intercity trains from Milan, Rome, Turin, and Tuscany. The trains connect the other villages of Cinque Terre as well.
If you want to go there by car:
The village is connected to the E80 highway via a quite narrow, steep and winding road, which is about 20 kilometres (12 mi) long.
Facts and figures:
Population (30 September 2009)
• Total 1,522
• Density 140/km2 (350/sq mi)
Time zone: UTC+1 (CET)
Summer: (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Official Website of Monterosso: