Borgo Antico
Borgo Antico
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,788 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Planning how to divide your time between the five Cinque Terre towns is a daunting task, especially if you have a tight itinerary. We had four days in the region which gave us a little more flexibility and we were very glad to have the extra days.
Overall Monterosso was my least favourite town, with one caveat - the beaches.
It’s by far the largest town and I thought it was the least charming (although the whole area is so beautiful that the bar is set very high) but its the only town with a real beach.
OLD TOWN/NEW TOWN: It is helpful to know beforehand that Monterosso is divided into two quite distinct areas - the historical centre, known as ‘the old town’ and Fegina (the newer, beachy section). If you arrive by train, you will get off in the new town. It’s only a short walk between the two sections. A 10 minute stroll along the promenade (although with the summer, crowds its less of a stroll and more of a scrum) brings you to a pedestrian tunnel and into the old town.
OLD TOWN HIGHLIGHTS:
i) the lookout point beside the cliffside statue of St Francis - breathtaking views
ii) the short hillside walk to the Capuchin monastery and church - peaceful, serene location
iii) the black and white, zebra striped Church of San Giovanni Battista and the nearby Oratory
TRAGAGIA BEACH: Monterosso’s huge drawcard is the beach. It’s the only town with long, flat beaches where you can spend a few hours. The main beach is in the new town but Spiaggia Tragagia in the old town, is a less crowded alternative.
HIKING: The hiking trail to Vernazza starts from the old town (Trail 592-4 / SVA2). Before going, we’d heard a lot about whether you should start in Monterosso or in Vernazza. In the end, I’m not sure it mattered a lot. The downside to starting in Monterosso was that we spent the first half hour or so climbing very steep steps without much break. However the birdseye view coming down into Vernazza was incredible and we preferred to end up in Vernazza where we stopped for lunch.
Written 4 January 2023
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soulefultraveler
Sun City West, AZ1,885 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We stayed here more than 10 years ago and wanted to check in. Even on a weekday in May it was quite crowded. But I believe it's not as hectic as other Cinque Terre towns. Lots of narrow streets filled with restaurants and shops. Nice walk along the water. Easy to take the train in/out of here.
Written 30 May 2022
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,676 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Friends
Monterosso seems to be one of the biggest cities of the Cinque Terre. It has a beach, it has the old and new part. However we were a bit disappointed, not being able to find a nice viewing point to take pictures. This is the best we could find.
Written 14 September 2021
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Jake23
New Jersey6,832 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
The old town is beautiful. Yes, it does have a lot of tourists even in a partially covid year, however it still has so much charm. Small shops and restaurants line the streets and and beautiful flowers hang over walls. You can see clothes hanging from lines in the air. Such a charming place.
Written 27 July 2021
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain21,167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Borgo Antico is literally the Old Town, in this case, from Monterosso al Mare, one of the five tiny towns located in Cinque Terre National Park, in the North of Italy. This old town is very nice and you can walk and see the buildings. Also, here you can see the main church of the town: Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista, in the center of the old town or some other places like Garibaldi Square, where children can play a lot in the big children park. Very nice old town, but not the best one (better for me Riomaggiore, Vernazza and Manarola).
(See also Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre)
Written 4 May 2020
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Adrian G
Island of Malta, Malta472 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Monterosso al Mare is the northernmost town of the Cinque Terre. This is more of a resort with beaches, restaurants, small shops and cafes and is the largest of the Cinque Terre.

We arrived by ferry from Portovenere at the end of an exhausting day. Frankly we only spent about one and a half hours here and boarded the last ferry back. All the other four cinque terre towns are visible from Monterosso.

Here you have the old town (centro storico) and the new town (fegina). We walked from the pier up Via Roma and we had a coffee in Piazza Matteotti stopping at the Church of St John the Baptist along the way. I can mention some other sights here although we did not visit them.Capuchin Church and Hilltop Cemetary, for great views, Oratory of the Dead. There is also a public beach in Fegina and a private one from Centro Storico. Hikes start from here but it is better to check which ones are open.

On October 25 2011 Monterosso was hit by a flash flood that destroyed everything in its path and buried it under 3 metres of mud. The resilience of the local people here made sure that the town would rise again so they could continue to live and work again and we could visit and enjoy this town.
Written 15 March 2020
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR5,034 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
My wife and I stayed in the Borgo Antico of Monterosso al Mare as our home base during our visit to the Cinque Terre this past November. We visited four of the five towns and discovered that the Borgo Antico of Monterosso was less touristy than the other towns. We were there the last day of the season and very few people were in the Borgo. Many shops were closed but some of the cafes were open. We were one of two couples staying in our hotel on its last day of the season. It made our visit more relaxed and quiet.
Written 18 October 2019
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love2travel5361
Plainview, NY10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Monterosso is a perfect old town, with lovely restaurants, beautiful waterfront, and easy access to trains. Easy to walk.
Written 16 October 2019
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kunfushuss
Pennsylvania466 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Packed with tourists (like me) but this is definitely the better half of monterosso. The other half is more beachy, this half is more historical and cozy. It's a good place to wander and to grab a meal. I'd avoid the other half entirely, if that were possible.
Written 14 August 2019
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Rick R
Danbury, CT423 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Narrow streets with shops and places to eat. Must have been something 20 years ago before the commercial tourism set in. Still a great place to visit and wander. Wander deep into old town and you can feel what it’s like to live in this beautiful setting without the rush of tourists.
Written 2 August 2019
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