"The Cinque Terre's seaside resort" Top 5 Page for this destination Monterosso al Mare by toonsarah

Monterosso al Mare Travel Guide: 183 reviews and 615 photos

In Monterosso

At first glance Monterosso, or Monterosso al Mare to give it its full name, seems rather different from the other Cinque Terre towns, especially if you arrive by train as we did on our first visit here.

It is the only one with a proper beach and on leaving the station you are met with the sights of a typical Italian beach: bright umbrellas lined up in regimented rows, sunbathers baking themselves wherever a space can be found, children playing and so on.

But walk round the headland to the old town and you will discover another Monterosso: its old town. Here are winding lanes to be explored, fascinating old churches, high-quality shops and tempting restaurants. Do make sure you see both of these aspects of the Cinque Terre’s most northerly town.

Visiting the Cinque Terre

As Riomaggiore is where we stayed, I have put all of my tips about the region as a whole there, rather than repeat all of them five times, so please visit that page to find out more about the beautiful Cinque Terre.

  • Last visit to Monterosso al Mare: Jul 2009
  • Intro Updated Dec 23, 2011
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    A good informative page, now I want to join you at bar nouvo eden!

    • toonsarah's Profile Photo
      Sep 28, 2013 at 4:27 AM

      The views were gorgeous there! Thank you for visiting Dee :-)

  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Looks (and sounds) like a lovely place! Great tips. Gillybob greetings

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    When i visited Monterosso in July the bougainvilleas were as beautiful as in your pictures, but I didn't manage to capture so many interesting details as you. I spent a couple of hours on the miniature beach and then started a walk to the next village.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Hello, Sarah! It's a pleasure to read your great pages! Thanks for your company in Lviv! It was marvellous! ><><><

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Another corner of bella Italia to explore. Torre Aurora looks amazing, and that dog certainly is fashionable! Great photos, and good helpful tips!

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2009 at 4:40 AM

    Would enjoy exploring those winding streets, taking photos and having a nice drink on the beach after that :) The church with horizontal black & white stripes somehow reminds me of Iglesia del Carmen in Bogotá. It only has red & white stripes instead :)

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2009 at 4:47 AM

    I took a quiz on FB & found Italy my favourite destination although I haven't been yet! Loved all the details in your page & the dog with the beaded collar is cute :) also noticed you caught yourself in the sunglasses!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2009 at 9:04 AM

    This certainly brought back fond memories for me, Sarah. You have done a magnificent job presenting Monterosso.. Your photographs are just brilliant. The information about the churches was so excellent.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    A beautiful little page Sarah! I like the looks of both Torre Aurora & the rough seas! Your tips on the two church were excellent - very interesting history. Thanks for the glimpse of this part of Italy!

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Must agree with Ingrid, like this best of the Cinque Terre pages. You seem inspired taking the photos, love the intro and umbrella shots especially. Ok, maybe I was just swept away by the "mopping up the oil" description. Life doesn't get much better.


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