Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy

Monterosso al Mare is the westernmost town in Cinque Terre and it is the largest. It is in the province of La Spezia which is part of the region of Liguria in Northern Italy. The Spiaggia di Fegina beach in Monterosso was well used on the October day we visited. It is a beautiful beach with large sandy pebbles and a very rocky shoreline. The walk from the train station was short and didn’t require many steps unlike several of the other Cinque Terre towns. The Mediterranean Sea is quite beautiful and people were enjoying themselves swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear blue water.

Spiaggia di Fegina, the beach at Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy

Originally Monterosso was only accessible by sea or by mule paths that connected the villages of the Cinque Terre. These mule paths have been maintained and used over the centuries and now provide hikers with a wonderful view of the sea and the towns of Cinque Terre. Because of recent landslides many areas are now blocked off and you can’t walk on the paths. Hopefully these paths will be restored as the best way to see these towns is from the winding paths through the hillside.

Spiaggia di Fegina, the beach at Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy

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