The Cinque Terre meaning “Five Lands” is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera that comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore which are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We continues our Cinque Terre walk from Vernazza to Monterosso al Mare, probably the hardest part of the walk but completely worth every step as it’s one of the most scenic parts of the walk – beautiful views of the coastline, vineyards and the view coming into Monterosso is just stunning.
Monterosso al Mare is divided into two parts – the old town and the new town. The two areas are divided by a single tunnel connecting pedestrians and cars to each side. It is definitely the most touristy of the five towns and I would imagine quite busy in the summer months, but on this Autumn day it was almost empty.
The beach at Monterosso runs along most of the coast line and is the only extensive sand beach in the Cinque Terre. As soon as we arrived down on the sand we jumped into the crystal clear water to cool down and soothe our tired legs. Heaven.
We returned to Monterosso the next day via the ferry that took us from Riomaggiore all the way down the coast line stopping at each Cinuqe Terre town, this is so worth doing. You get to see each town from the water which gives you a unique perspective of what you walked the day before!
This part of Italy is truly a magical and beautiful place and an absolute treasure to photograph…