Monterosso is the largest of the five villages known for their breathtaking hikes, food and wine. Being the largest means there are more restaurants to sample. The population here is only 1500 after the tourists depart so it is still a very quaint town.
"The beauty of a small tour is flexibility."
The accommodations we provide are small, family-run hotels in the historical center of Monterosso al Mare. The rooms include breakfast every morning and the option to dine outdoors under lemon trees and grapevines. They are conveniently located to everything we will do.
All of the rooms have a European double bed and private bath. All rooms include a hairdryer, telephone, wifi, satellite t.v., air conditioning, mini bar and safe. Rooms may be requested with two twins if friends want to share accommodations. A central yet quiet location. Linens and beach towels are provided.
Monterosso al Mare
Monterosso is one of the five small villages that dot the Italian Riviera. Each one is unique, but Monterosso has the best beach. Some of the things we can do: take a boat along the coast to visit Portofino, Portovenere & the Cinque Terre... hike past vineyards, lemon & olive groves... sample the local wine, limoncello & sweet wine called sciachettra... learn to cook a local dish... visit a vineyard of a local winemaker... shop in nearby towns for handcrafted Italian goods...rent a beach chair for some R&R... or visit the Leaning Tower nearby in Pisa. The trip can be geared to your interests. The beauty of a small tour is flexibility. The maximum number of people I am looking for is ten, so we can still get into small restaurants easily, move around without a large group and keep the feel of the tour more intimate.
Relax by the Sea
The nice part about visiting Cinque Terre in the spring or fall is that the towns are not as crowded, airfare is cheaper & the weather is perfect for outdoor dining, hiking & an afternoon "passeggiata" stroll for a gelato.
May is a wonderful time to be in Cinque Terre due to the many festivals happening during this month. The annual salted anchovy festival and lemon festival attract people from all over the world. The weather is perfect for the beach and hikes are refreshing.
In September, the grapes are being harvested for the "vendemmia" and the weather is still warm enough to take a dip in the turquoise Mediterranean Sea. You can go on an invigorating hike, enjoy a meal by the sea and have some beach time all in one day.
There are so many gorgeous destinations in addition to the Cinque Terre we can explore in a day if you are interested. Some of these include: Portofino, Portovenere, Santa Margherita (known for it's wine), Sestri Levante, Pisa, Chiavari, Portovenere, Camogli, Pietrasanta and so many more.
The olive trees are about ready to be harvested, orange nets lay beneath the silvery green trees ready to catch the ripe olives, fresh succulent figs served all by themselves or with paper thin slices of prosciutto, and porcini mushrooms are in season. Anchovies are one of the specialties of this region served many different ways, delicious, not like the ones on your pizza in the states. Mangia!