Monterosso is a typical ligurian town between sea and mountain. Just like the other Cinque Terre villages it strikes you for its position fully emerged in the nature. It is the westernmost of Cinque Terre and it is divided into 2 distinct parts. The historical center, with its typical “carugi” (narrow little streets), its beautiful churches and its wide “piazza” (square) and the new part called “Fegina” a lovely walk along the sea-side with nice large beach. A little town open up to the sea where you will wander around discovering romantic charming corners. Visit the parish church of St. John the Baptist (1282-1307), its façade features four small marble columns and a main portal surmounted by a fresco portraying the baptism of Christ. The square medieval bell tower is crowned by merlons. Visit the convent, visible from all parts of the Cinque Terre. Among its works of art is a “cruxifixion”, attributed to Van Dyck and “Saint Girolamo the penitent” by Luca Cambiaso. In Fegina we suggest to see “Villa Montale” where the poet lived and composed some of his marvelous poems and at the very end of the street , the statue of the “Giant” representing Neptune bearing on his shoulders a huge seashell built in the early 1900’s.
Vernazza, with its eloquent towers, plunges you into the past. Its small stone paved street leads you down to the port of its charming bay.
Situated on a steep promontory, with two exclusive small beaches at its side, Corniglia can be reached from the railway through a long flight of steps leading to the village. We suggest a visit to the Church of San Pietro, which is considered one of the most significant monuments in the gothic-ligurian style.
Manarola, a medieval village perched on an outcrop, is connected to Riomaggiore through the famous "Via dell'amore", a wonderful path carved in the rock a few meters above the sea.
Riomaggiore connected to La Spezia by scenic roadway, is named after the stream which crosses it. It is lovely to see the seashore and the upper side of the village.