A Tale of Two Monterosso: A Cinque Terre Journey from Storm to Calm

Monterosso, a place that left me with a love-hate relationship from the start. Our first encounter was a soggy and dreary one, with rain pouring down like never before, as we trudged through puddles on our arrival. But as I tried to shake off that memory, Monterosso revealed its true beauty on our second visit. The sun had set, casting a stunning blue hue that glimmered on the calm sea. It was as if the storm had never come, leaving only a serene and tranquil landscape to behold.

Imagine yourself strolling through the charming coastal villages of Cinque Terre, and suddenly you come across the gem of them all – Monterosso. With its sparkling, sun-kissed beach, it stands out as the only village with a proper beach in the area. And, boy, is it a beauty! As you make your way through Monterosso, you’ll discover two sides to this town – the modern new side, and the quaint and historic old town. My personal favorite? The old town, hands down. To get there, simply walk to the left after you hop off the train and wander through a charming tunnel that leads you straight to its heart. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you explore the narrow streets and admire the old-world architecture.

The old town of Monterosso is a shopping and dining paradise, offering a plethora of unique shops and restaurants to explore. My friend and I discovered the famous limoncino liqueur, a must-try when visiting Cinque Terre.

But that’s not all Monterosso has to offer. Take a seat at the picturesque port and soak in the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. It’s the perfect place to slow down, relax and take in all the wonders of this charming village.

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