Monterosso is one of the best-known localities in the Cinque Terre area, thanks to its sea and the fact that it is easier to reach than other towns.


Monterosso al Mare is the main centre of the Cinque Terre, the picturesque region that extends from Punta Mesco to the Cape of Montenero. The town, which is located about thirty kilometres from La Spezia, overlooks a protected bay east of Punta Mesco, surrounded by steep hills that lead down towards the sea.


Monterosso can be reached by sea – by way of the ferries that daily connect the towns of the Cinque Terre with Portovenere, La Spezia and Lerici – or by train from Genoa or La Spezia – and on foot by excursions along paths that go through the other towns (Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore) and winding paths now included in the territory of the Cinque Terre National Park.


The Church of St. Francis and the connected Convent of the Capuchins make up the most important monumental complex of Monterosso. The starting point to reach it is the tourist port. From there, you will find a stairway that runs along the slope of St. Christopher’s Hill.

The church was consecrated in 1623 by the Bishop of Luni and Sarzana. Inside, visitors can appreciate fine works of art, important both for their historical and artistic qualities.



By car: Motorway A12 Genoa-La Spezia. Take the Brugnato Borghetto exit, then follow the road for Pignone, Soviore and Monterosso.  Or the A12, exit at Carrodano and take the Levanto direction. Monterosso solved the problem of Parking by building an underground parking area. 


trenoBy train: This is the most frequently used transportation to reach the Cinque Terre and get around in the area. The Monterosso station is located on the Genoa-La Spezia line. Interregional trains stop there.


naveBy sea: During the tourist season, there are regular boat connections for the towns of Monterosso, Vernazza, Riomaggiore and Portovenere, which in turn is connected with La Spezia and Lerici.