Monterosso al Mare is the largest of the five coastal villages known as the Cinque Terre. The village is located on hills cultivated with lemons, vines and olives. Its amazing beaches, its beautiful reefs and the sea’s crystal clear waters make this small village one of the most hospitable of the Ligurian Riviera.
Monterosso is divided in two parts marked by the medieval tower of Aurora. The new part of town, Fegina, is full of life, it is the reflection of an area that tourism has made rich, as the great quantity and excellent quality of hotels and restaurants give evidence.
Fegina is dominated by the famous statue of the Giant, built beside the terrace of a local villa. This statue was created at the beginning of the XX century and represents Neptune, the god of the sea. Now it has become the symbol of Monterosso.
The old town of Monterosso is dominated by the ruins of the castle and characterized by typical narrow medieval streets, carruggi, with multi-coloured terraced houses.
The beach is the only extensive sand beach in the Cinque Terre and runs along most of the coast line and is well used by tourists and locals.
Where to stay in Monterosso
Monterosso offers a wide range of excellent family run 3 or 4 star hotels near the sea and some charming guesthouses situated in the old part of town. We have selected the best alternatives for you: Hotels in Monterosso and Guesthouses in Monterosso.
In Monterosso there are also some beautiful farmhouses surrounded by vineyards and lemon trees in the heart of Cinque Terre National Park. If you are traveling with your family or a group of friends, here you will find our selection of Apartments in Monterosso.
Where to eat in Monterosso
In Monterosso you will find a wide range of restaurants, from open-air cafes to exclusive gourmet restaurants offering great dining options. Here are our favorites: Best restaurants in Monterosso.
Hiking from Monterosso to Vernazza
Hiking is definitely the best way to explore this spectacular coastline. You will need a hiking pass to be able to hike the famous trail between Monterosso and Vernazza. A one day trekking card costs €7.50 and you can buy it at one of the tourist information centres or at one of the control booths. The other option is to buy the combined train/hiking pass. This costs €18.20 and includes unlimited use of the trains. The trains go between La Spezia and Levanto and stop at each of the five towns.
In winter you do not need any pass as all trails are free. If you are in Levanto you can walk the trail to Monterosso which takes about 2,5 hours. For this one you will not need the hiking pass.
More information: Cinque Terre hiking trails.
Map of Monterosso
How to reach Monterosso
Please refer to Cinque Terre, getting there
What to see in Monterosso
• Weekly Farmers' Market in Monterosso every Thursday morning.
• The Church of San Giovanni Battista, located in the main square of the old town. This church was constructed in the 1200s, in the Gothic-Genovese style. Inside, there is a fresco depicting the baptism of Christ.
• The San Francesco Church where major art works are kept such as the Crucifixion by Van Dick.
• The statue of the Giant, Il Gigante, a stone sculpture located at the end of Fegina Beach, representing Neptune, the god of the sea.
• The statue of San Benedetto d' Assisi, located on the "colle dei capuccini" on the old town side.
• High up at 400 metres above sea level is the Soviore Sanctuary which dates back to the XVII Century.
Events in Monterosso
• Farmers' market - every Thursday morning
• Sagra dei limoni - The Lemon Festival, on the 3rd Saturday in May. The village is decorated with lemons and you can taste limoncino, lemon cream, lemon marmalade and the special lemon cake; torta al limone.
• Corpus Domini, in June. The narrow streets of the historic center are ornately decorated with lovely designs all created by numerous colorful flower petals and in the evening there is a procession.
• Sagra dell'acciuga fritta, on the 3rd Saturday in June. You can taste the famous anchovies of Monterosso.
• Festa della Madonna Assunta, 14th of August. In the evening fireworks over the sea.
• Festival bandistico, on the 1st Saturday in September. A musical event in which bands from all over Italy participate.
• Sagra dell'acciuga salata e dell'olio d'oliva, on the 3rd Saturday in September. You can taste the famous anchovies of Monterosso and buy some locally produced olive oil extra virgin.
• Festa del vino, on the 4th Saturday in September. You can taste the Cinque Terre DOC wines and the dessert version called Sciacchetrà.