Cinque Terre Park – Monterosso

Monterosso

Cinque Terre Park – Monterosso

Monterosso

This was the birthplace of the great poet and Nobel laureate Eugenio Montale, who dedicated many verses to the wild beauty of Monterosso. It is by following the poem that we can imagine a route from the station. The Monterosso itinerary continues with an ascent to the 17th century Capuchin Convent with a painting by Van Dyck and then climbs to the ancient Obertenghi castle, of which only a few ruins remain today and to which the Monterosso cemetery was incorporated. From here you will enjoy a wonderful panorama of the 'Mesco's harvested cliffs'.

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The 14 metre high statue of the Giant at the end of Fegina beach depicts the god of the sea, made of concrete and iron. It was built by A. Minerbi and Eng. Levancher. The splendid and extravagant Villa Pastine included the statue that originally had no decorative purpose but supported a dance floor housed inside a shell.

The ancient village

Visitors cannot miss the 12th century cathedral dedicated to St John the Baptist, the ancient oratory and the shops in the centre with the famous wine shops selling 'Sciacchetrà', the raisin wine of the Cinque Terre. Just a stone's throw away are the beaches where the giant statue of Neptune by sculptor Arrigo Minerbi still seems to hold up the cliff.

The lemon tree is an emblem of this place. Their production became intense from the 1600s onwards, once the mulberry used to produce silk had been set aside. The exCelle townnt yield of lemon cultivation favoured its export.

The last stop

It is Villa Montale, the home of distant summers, 'the enclosed asylum of our astonished childhood', which only exceptionally is opened for a visit to the garden and to see close up 'the well pulley' and 'the balustraded rose' that inspired the poet. Not far away is the ferry dock for trips to the other seaside villages of the Cinque Terre and the Gulf of Poets.

Even by sea, the Cinque Terre are of great charm. Many boats depart from here.

Monterosso, the village of anchovies

In mid June each year, the Sagra dell'Acciuga (Anchovy Festival) takes place in Monterosso: early in the morning, the anchovies of Monterosso are fried in the typical iron frying pan in the shape of a fish and served with fried bread and the famous white wine of the Cinque Terre. In the restaurants, the typical dish is offered all year round. This fish symbol of Liguria is preserved in glass containers and it is enjoyed dressed with oil and accompanied by a good glass of Cinque Terre white wine.

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