Rare beautiful corner of Italy, Cinque Terre National Park is place, from which all tourists start to explore Monterosso al Mare, as a rule. Firstly, it is the closest relative to the gene that is here easily and quickly accessible (in addition there is parking – the only one in the whole nature reserve). Secondly, there is a large sandy beach, and on a hot July afternoon tea, believe me, this is important. Still, Monterosso al Mare is very different from the other four villages of the Cinque Terre, which, incidentally, does not detract from its beauty. Just left the village and gently ruffled added in the narrow, descending to the sea, behind the scenes. Monterosso compared to them freely spread out in the valley, though small. That’s why this resort is bigger and more habitable, and even has a so-called “new quarter”. With the old area of the city they are separated by a rock Cappuccino, which is crowned by a medieval castle Aurora.
The sandy beaches on both sides have “coffee” rock, but in the old part of Monterosso (east) – they are very small, but in a new city – quite extensive, because it’s enjoyed by unfailing love of tourists. This place is called a resort Fegina. Despite its relatively modest size, Monterosso can boast as many as half a hundred hotels (with the biggest hotels are not above four floors). The best are Hotel Palme, Porto Roca and 5 Terre, but it won’t be hard to find budget accommodation options such as guest houses. Main local landmark is, of course, the famous Blue Trail (Sentiero Azzurro), which runs around the village Chinkve-Terre, and its final stretch between Manarola and Riomaggiore, is also known as the “path of love”.
It should be as simple to wander this path in the vicinity of Monterosso, and explore it all. Second attraction for the resort’s popularity Aurora castle ruins remain. By themselves, they would not be so interesting if not for a luxurious look, which opens onto the azure sea from a high promontory. Look at the ancient church of St. Francis, which is notable for not only its architecture, but also a rich collection of paintings. In particular there is kept the painting “The Crucifixion”, which is kind of like painted by Van Dyck himself. Finally, do not miss the opportunity to visit the Cape of Punta del Mesco, where the ruins of St. Anthony’s church are located.