Village spotlight: MONTEROSSO

21 thoughts on “Village spotlight: MONTEROSSO”

  1. Hi Amy, You’ve got a great story and very informative website. I’ve learned some very helpful tips from reading your blog. My wife and I will be staying in Monterosso Vecchio at the Capucchini House for a week in September to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. I’m thrilled to learn about the week long train pass. We arrive on a Saturday so if I understand correctly we should wait until Monday to buy it. Can you tell me do they have a Santa Margherita to Riomaggiore option? The train doesn’t go to Portovenere does it? Also, Is there a Ferry that goes from Monterosso to Portofino? We’re already looking forward to dinner at Miky and lunch at D’al Billy! Also, Can I get your opinion about L’Ancora della Tortuga and Belforte? Congrats on the new arrival! Joe & Laura

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    1. Ciao Joe & Laura!

      Thanks for following the blog!

      I don’t want to put a spanner in your plans but they are currently reformulating the entire Cinque Terre rail system (substituting with a so-called light rail, still operated by TrenItalia). With these changes they are wanting to considerably raise rates, which will affect everything from single tickets to passes. However, this is currently being highly protested by Cinque Terre locals and the decisions previously made by officials (unbeknownst to locals) are being challenged in a court of appeals. Until we know more I’ve been holding off on posting. Do keep an eye on the blog as I will most definitely post about it here.

      FYI: To reach Portovenere you will need to travel by ferry, foot or car as there’s no railway line there.

      During peak-season there’s a twice weekly ferry from Riomaggiore to Portovenere (leaving early morning and returning late afternoon).

      Belforte in Vernazza is great! I highly recommend it. 🙂

      Hope this info helps!

      Amy

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      1. Hi Amy, Thanks for the reply and answers. I will definitely be keeping an eye on your blog from now until the trip and rooting hard for the Cinque Terre locals!

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  2. Hi again Amy! Laura & I will be in Monterosso for the 1st week in September. We want to take a day trip to Santa Margherita by train and then the Ferry from Santa Margherita to Portofino. My question is: If we buy a round trip train ticket to Santa Margherita does that allow us to “hop on hop off” at some of the stops in between ( Levanto, Sestri Levante, etc.). If so can you recommend your favorite stops along the way or on the way back. Does this sound like a reasonable day trip? Thanks again for your great website!

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    1. Ciao Joe!

      Usually your tickets (with a departure location and arrival location) will be good for a set amount of time from when they are validated in the machine before boarding the train (ask at the train station for specifics regarding your ticket). If I were you, I would go ahead and plan where you’d like to stop and buy tickets accordingly (e.g. one ticket for Monterosso to Sestri Levante and then one ticket for Sestri Levante to Santa Margherita Ligure). This way you won’t have to rush! I think if you choose one stop (I’m partial to Sestri Levante, it’s beautiful!) and then do Santa Margherita & Portofino that will be plenty for one day. 🙂

      Enjoy!
      Amy

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      1. Hi Amy, That sounds like a great plan! Good info. Thanks for the insight. I have another question. We plan on spending our first full day in Monterosso at one of the private beaches to recover from the trip and jet lag. Can you recommend the best beach club to rent chairs and an umbrella with the best sand? I’m thinking Stella Marina but it’s the only one I know of. Do any of them rent Cabanas?

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      2. Ciao Joe!

        Stella Marina has sand & small pebbles but it’s also one of the most kid-friendly (so if you don’t want to be around a bunch of kids/families it might not be the best choice for you).

        Bagni Eden doesn’t have sand (it has small pebbles) but it’s located on the most picturesque stretch of beach in Fegina and has beautiful crystal clear water. You know that gorgeous rock jutting out of the sea? That’s in Bagni Eden’s section of the beach.

        Wherever you decide to go, I definitely recommend going early as there aren’t tons of beds available and during prime time they sell out (lots are reserved for a month or two, if not the whole season, by locals or those with holiday homes nearby).

        Enjoy!
        Amy

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      3. Ciao Joe!

        Fegina is the stretch of beach on the newer side of Monterosso (the side where the train station is located). Bagni Fegina is one of many private portions of this same beach and will have umbrellas & lounge chairs for rent.

        Hope that helps!

        Amy

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    1. Ciao Ed!

      I’m so happy to hear you’ve found the blog useful!

      If you’d like to take the ferry from La Spezia to Manarola (via Portovenere), you’ll need to pick up the ferry at Passeggiata Morin (right on the waterfront in La Spezia). The nearest parking garage will be beneath Piazza Europa (you’ll have to walk a few blocks to get to the ferry docking point).

      I hope this info helps!

      Amy

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  3. Hi Amy, any recommendations to stay in Monterrosso please ,we are 3 people going for 4 days and looking for a nice places to stay , decent budget, thanks , love your blog can’t stop reading all about cinque terre

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    1. Ciao Zoila!

      I’ll need some more specifics in order to point you in the right direction. Are you wanting a triple room? Are you wanting hotel or do you prefer a room or apartment rental (like AirBnB)? What’s your max. price you’re willing to pay per night?

      So glad to hear I’m helping you get excited about the Cinque Terre! 🙂

      Amy

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  4. Hi again Amy,

    We will be staying in Monterosso for the week of September 23-30. Will the beach rentals still be available this time of year? Can you give me an idea of what the water conditions will be like?

    We really want to take the bus from Manarola to Volastra and do the hike on Trails 6d to 7a to Corniglia. Have you done this?

    Also thanks to your recent post we have already purchased 3 day Cinque Terre Train Cards. Are the print outs all we need or is this a voucher that we need to use to redeem the actual cards when we arrive?

    Thanks again for your great website!
    Joe & Laura Guzi

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    1. Ciao Joe & Laura!

      Most of the “stabilimenti balneari” should still be open for September but it really depends on their particular license/authorization.

      I’ve hiked from Manarola to Corniglia via Volastra many times. I’ve never taken the bus from Manarola to Corniglia but that will cut out the most difficult portion of the hike. 🙂 You’ll find the trailhead to reach Corniglia directly in front of the main entrance to Volastra’s church. Heads up: the trail numbers you cited have been replaced with a new numbering system (although you don’t really need them as it’s easy to find Corniglia from Volastra and you’ll find frequent trail markers).

      All you’ll need for your purchased cards are the printouts! Your names and the validity dates should already be on there so you’re good to go!

      It’s my pleasure to be of help! Enjoy your Cinque Terre vacation. 🙂

      Amy

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      1. Ciao Amy!

        Thanks again for the great answers! Yes indeed our plan is to cut out the uphill from Manarola to Volastra :). Interesting about the trail numbers changing. I had not seen that anywhere.

        Question: Is it possible to go inside L’Ancora della Tortuga and Belforte and get a drink at the bar without dinner reservations. Do they both have bars inside? We just want to see inside without actually having a full dinner there.

        Grazie,
        Joe & Laura

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      2. Ciao Joe & Laura!

        Neither place has a bar for non-dining customers. Both places offer spectacular views from outdoor tables (and nothing too spectacular to see indoors). You can walk by on the public walkway at Tortuga and have a peek or up the staircase at Belforte to do the same.

        Best,
        Amy

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  5. Hi Amy, OK so I just booked a reservation at Belforte & Tortuga! One last question. We had to give the specific 3 days for the validity of the Cinque Terre Cards we bought on line. If we don’t start using them until the 2nd day will they still be valid for the following 3 days or are we stuck with the original 3 days? Ciao, Joe

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