Cinque Terre: Monterosso al Mare

Monterosso al Mare is divided into the old town and the new town. The two areas are divided by a single tunnel that caters to pedestrians and the very few cars in the town. The beach at Monterosso runs along most of the coast line and is well used by tourists and locals. The beach is the only extensive sand beach in the Cinque Terre. Monterosso is a small town that in the summer months is overrun by tourists. Best time for visit: March to May and September/October. The village is a part of the Cinque Terre trail. Must see: The Castle, partially ruined, built by the Genoese, and the 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 building is of a basilica-type plan that includes a nave and two aisles.
For short visit: Come by train from La Spezia and go back to La Spezia by boat.
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