Hiking from Vernazza to Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy

Exploring the Cinque Terre: Monterosso

After a good poke around Vernazza we hiked to Monterosso. It isn’t too far but damn was it hot?! So much so that along the way we gradually stripped down to our swimwear (thank goodness for foresight) and when we made it to the town square we almost-literally dived into the fountain.

After our impromptu ‘bath’ we rewarded ourselves for the (admittedly fairly short) walk with a nice cold Birra Moretti and some lunch, before exploring the town. Priorities.

Monterosso, Cinque Terre, ItalyCinque Terre (Monterosso), ItalyMonterosso beach, Cinque Terre, Italy

With quite a (dare I say it?) tacky vibe I have to say Monterosso didn’t particularly grab our hearts and we were pleased we hadn’t opted for it as one of our overnight stays.

There didn’t seem to be much to do and it just wasn’t as pretty as our previous Cinque Terre pitstops, though of course we were glad we’d seen it (would it even be allowed to not visit all ‘cinque’ of the ‘terres’?!) and may just have developed some Italy blindness* at this point.

*Made-up term where you’ve seen enough of Italy to become less appreciative of it’s incredible beauty. It passes.

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Once again we found ourselves drawn to a higgledy-piggedly set of stairs climbing steeply up the hillside.

At the top we found a ramshackle church and graveyard and, a short distance away, came across the most amazing, Disney-esque, clifftop turret. No amount of Googling has enlightened me as to what it is so I can only imagine that someone has the best house in the world. Imagine.

Castle house, Monterosso, Cinque Terre, ItalyMonterosso beach, Cinque Terre, ItalyCinque Terre (Monterosso convento view), ItalyMonterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy

This may be the last of my Cinque Terre posts but I’m not quite done sharing our Italy travels yet – before flying home we visited three more places so they’ll be up next!

Happy Galentine’s/Valentine’s day to those of you celebrating this weekend, much love from me to you.


6 thoughts on “Exploring the Cinque Terre: Monterosso”

  1. A cold beer is always the right priority, haha! These photos are gorgeous. I love the one of the narrow passage with the stairs – so very continental and charming! Great shot!


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