Monterosso al Mare

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Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)
World Heritage Site UNESCO

Monterosso al Mare, located in the Cinque Terre Naturalist Park, is the westernmost of the Cinque Terre and is reached by walking along the most difficult part of the "Sentiero Azzurro" footpath. This ancient sea village is situated on the eastern side of the Ligurian Riviera, between the tip of the Punta Mesco and the island of Tinetto. Its name comes from the latin word "Rubra" referred to the reddish colour of the mountains at the sunset, or it could, also, comes from "Rufus", the name of the lord of the castle whose hair were red.
It is the best equipped village for tourists in the whole of the Cinque Terre. The hotels offer warm and friendly hospitality and the restaurants provide dishes, typical of the ligurian coast. Also the famous wine of the Cinque Terre praise of wich was sung by Petrarca, is also available. Monterosso al Mare is protected by hills covered with vineyards and olive groves and is surrounded by vegetation. Its beautiful beaches, steep rugged cliffs and crystal-clear waters, make this one of the most charming resorts on the Ligurian Riviera of the east. The medieval tower "Aurora", located on the hills of the Cappuccini, separates the ancient part of the village from the more modern part. In the church of Saint Francis works of great importance such as the Crucifixion, believed by many to have been painted by Van Dyck, are preserved. The centre of Monterosso al Mare is very old and interesting: ancient "carruggi" and buildings offer an unforgettable memory of that village facing on the sea.
Many shops and wineshops are the right place to buy typical souvenirs and to taste the so rare dessert-wine "sciacchetr". On the top of the village there are the Convento dei Cappuccini and the castle from where visitors can grove the emotions of an incredible landscape. The new part of the village is extended on a long promenade ending at the feet of the great statue of a Giant representing "Nettuno".

La Via dell'Amore (The Love Road) - Is a part of the path in the rock and overlooking the sea, that connects the village of Riomaggiore with Monterosso al Mare. Following this romantic path, known all over the world, the fascinating scenery can be admired, the sound of waves on the rocks can be heard, the unmistakable smell of salt can be breathed. The pleasant position of the path, obtained in the rock overlooking the sea, makes the walk a very particular naturalistic experience. The sensation of completely immersing in the scenery has been, and still is, so strong that probably the inhabitants decided to dedicate the road to the emotion of love. In the past, the road was said to be shelter for lovers, who here found inspiration, from the sea, for their romantic declarations. Famous poets and painters, bewitched by the spell of this road between sky and sea, found the inspiration of many of their works here. The Via dell'Amore represents even in its first part, a very beautiful and natural scene, the first step towards the discovery environmental, historical and cultural values of a territory maintained in its primitive beauty.

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