Monterosso is located within the Cinque Terre National Park and is perhaps the most famous and accessible of the five villages that make up this corner of paradise – Cinque Terre. Whether you want to enjoy a relaxing day on the beach contemplating the blue shades of the sea or you prefer to wander through the colorful alleys of the small seaside village, Monterosso al Mare has it all.
The history of Monterosso begins around the year 1000 when the migration from the hills to the sea started the foundation of the first villages along the Ligurian coast. Time didn't affect the so-called "Monterosso Vecchia" and that’s why its bright colors and small “caruggi” (really narrow streets) are now the hallmarks of this beautiful village. Monterosso is not only a perfect place for sea lovers, but also for all foodies! Wander around the caruggi of the village and let yourself be guided... by your appetite. Enter one of the many “osterie” and taste the traditional “trofie al pesto”, or a typical Ligurian soup, the "prebuggiun" and the best local fish, such as the special salted anchovies from Monterosso.
In addition to the many naturalistic beauties, Monterosso hosts countless artistic and architectural beauties, such as the Church of San Giovanni Battista and the seventeenth-century Church of San Francesco, built on the “colle dei cappuccini.”
Monterosso is the largest of the Cinque Terre and thanks to its wide offer of beaches, nightlife and food, it has managed to capture the hearts of millions of travelers.