While staying in La Spezia I spent time in all 5 of the villages, known as Cinque Terre.


While there, I also visited San Terenzo, Lerice, Porto Venere and Tellaro and Sarzana


Today I am sharing with you Monterosso al Mare. Sadly, since my visit Monterosso has been extensively damaged by mudslides and flooding in October 2011


Monterosso is the largest of these 5 coastal villages with the most extensive sandy beach. The water is crystal clear and just gorgeous to swim in.  In Summer, Monterosso is overrun by tourists.


I travelled to Monterosso by train from La Spezia, which truly is the best option. You can get to it by car but the road is very narrow and steep with many bends. Travelling between each village can be done by train or by foot. The walks are gorgeous as the views are unlimited. There is a small fee charged for walking these paths between villages.


The hilly area is covered in lush vegetation which include vines, olives and lemons of which they are famous for.  Monterosso is also renowned for its white wines.


There are many hotels and restaurants catering to all budgets and tastes. You will also find there are many many places with signs out offering rooms for rent.


Next post we will visit another of the 5 villages known as the Cinque Terre – MOLTO BELLISIMO