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Photos of the 5 villages along Italy's Cinque Terre coast.

Photo Gallery of Monterosso al Mare
Cinque Terre, Riviera Levante, Liguria, Italy.

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CINQUE TERRE VILLAGES PHOTO SET
Picture Gallery RT14 - Monterosso al Mare
Images of Monterosso al Mare to give a photographic tour of this Cinque Terre village.
The founders of Monterosso came from Albareto in the Val di Vara. At the time of the invasion of Rotari they founded the Sanctuary of Soviore, which lies on the Cinque Terre itinerary of sanctuaries. In the eleventh century they moved down to the coast and founded the town in the shelter of "Mons Rubens". During the Saracen invasions, they had to move back upland on a number of occasions: the incursions led to very hurried flights and to the eventual construction of adequate defences.


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 Xtrallusion photo gallery of Italy. Photos, pictures, images and photographs of the Italian Rivieras, the Italian Lakes, the Italian Alps, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast and some of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Plus photos of Italian cities such as Pisa, Milan, Genoa and Rome.

 Xtrallusion photo gallery of Italy. Photos, pictures, images and photographs of the Italian Rivieras, the Italian Lakes, the Italian Alps, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast and some of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Plus photos of Italian cities such as Pisa, Milan, Genoa and Rome.

 Xtrallusion photo gallery of Italy. Photos, pictures, images and photographs of the Italian Rivieras, the Italian Lakes, the Italian Alps, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast and some of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Plus photos of Italian cities such as Pisa, Milan, Genoa and Rome.

 Xtrallusion photo gallery of Italy. Photos, pictures, images and photographs of the Italian Rivieras, the Italian Lakes, the Italian Alps, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast and some of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Plus photos of Italian cities such as Pisa, Milan, Genoa and Rome.

 Xtrallusion photo gallery of Italy. Photos, pictures, images and photographs of the Italian Rivieras, the Italian Lakes, the Italian Alps, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast and some of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Plus photos of Italian cities such as Pisa, Milan, Genoa and Rome.

 Xtrallusion photo gallery of Italy. Photos, pictures, images and photographs of the Italian Rivieras, the Italian Lakes, the Italian Alps, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast and some of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Plus photos of Italian cities such as Pisa, Milan, Genoa and Rome.

 Xtrallusion photo gallery of Italy. Photos, pictures, images and photographs of the Italian Rivieras, the Italian Lakes, the Italian Alps, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast and some of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Plus photos of Italian cities such as Pisa, Milan, Genoa and Rome.

 Xtrallusion photo gallery of Italy. Photos, pictures, images and photographs of the Italian Rivieras, the Italian Lakes, the Italian Alps, the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast and some of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Plus photos of Italian cities such as Pisa, Milan, Genoa and Rome.


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Monterosso al Mare, Province of LA SPEZIA.

The fortification on the hill of San Cristoforo, where the earliest settlement was made, was built by the Obertenghi family, the first feudal lords. After 1276, the Genoese added a watchtower, which later became the bell-tower of the church of San Giovanni Battista, a fine specimen of Ligurian Gothic architecture. On the same hill stands the seventeenth-century Capuchin monastery, which holds some works by Genoese artists (Cambiaso and Strozzi) and a crucifix from the school of Van Dyck. Eugenio Montale, the 1975 Nobel prize-winner for poetry, spent his childhood holidays here: the Literary Park that is dedicated to him takes you to the places and scenery which inspired some of the poet's earliest and most celebrated works. Then there is the Cinque Terre Marine Park. The seabed is very varied and at times quite spectacular, for example below Punta Mesco (the promontory at the far western end of the Cinque Terre). You are only allowed to go diving in certain areas and only if accompanied by a guide. This area is also a favourite seaside resort: holiday makers can enjoy sand and pebble beaches and rocky areas and can also practise canoeing and sailing. There is an efficient motorboat service connecting you with other parts of the Riviera. "Monterossina" is a sweet speciality made with cream, jam and chocolate; "sweet focaccia" (a mid-summer speciality) contains candied fruit, raisins and pine kernels; the "canestrelli" biscuits available on Palm Sunday are flavoured with fennel. The white wines and grappa of the Cinque Terre are very well known, although not so famous as "Sciacchetrą", a white liquor-like wine made with raisins.

Note: The above is an extracts taken from the official web-site of the Regione Ligure, Agriculture and tourism department - Tourist section.
Travel Hint: Travelling along the Italian Riviera to visit Liguria's coastal towns and cities is recommended by train - they are frequent, comfortable and generally on time. They also take you into the resort centres and give you an additional perspective and 'flavour' of Italian life. The car by contrast is not quite as practical and ideal as first appears. There are basically two roads along the Riviera, the 'autostrada' and the 'Aurelia'. Italian 'autostrada' can be fairly stressed environments and the coastal road (via Aurelia) is pretty in parts but very slow, passing through every little seaside town. Additionally, parking in most Ligurian coastal towns is not in abundance and can take much longer to find a space than ever imagined - during most of the year, not just in summer. With car-hire, petrol, motorway tolls and parking charges, the car soon becomes an expensive and less than ideal way of getting around - and more often than not, slower overall than the journey by train.
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Adventure, activity and walking holidays in Italy on the Italian Rivieras. Independent, escorted and self guided walking holidays in Liguria, Italy - plus paragliding, 4x4 and skiing holidays. Come and discover the undiscovered and allow yourself to be charmed by Italy's beautiful Ligurian Rivieras. Visit and explore mountains, mediterranean rivieras and one of Italy's lesser known regions - on foot, by 4x4, with paraglider or on skis.
Enjoy relaxed, independent walking holidays in Italy along the Italian Rivieras using self-guided itineraries. Explore the beautiful mediterranean countryside and coastal mountains by foot taking in some of the regions most famous and magnificent towns and coast - the Cinque Terre, Portofino, Genova (Genoa), Santa Margherita, Rapallo, San Fruttuoso, Camogli, Chiavari, Sestri Levante, Vernazza, Manarola, Riomaggiore, Monterosso al Mare, Corniglia, Portovenere, Savona, Spotorno, Noli, Finale, Alassio, Imperia, San Remo and it's national parks to name but a few.
Whatever you look for in the great outdoors, the region of Liguria in northern Italy, is a paradise for independent walking, hiking, mountain walking, coastal walking, and simply exploring the regions characteristic seaside towns and fishing villages - in spring, summer, autumn and winter. Liguria, an intense flavour of Italy in one of Europe's most unique 'sea and mountain' locations.

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