Monterosso is the largest of the five coastal villages collectively known as the Cinque Terre. The town is located on hills cultivated with vines and olives. The vegetation surrounds the built-up area like an embrace; its fabulous beaches, its beautiful reefs and the sea’s crystal clear waters make this small village one of the most hospitable of the Ligurian Riviera.
The village is divided into two parts marked by the medieval tower of Aurora. The new part of town, Fegina, is full of life, it is the reflection of an area that tourism has made rich, as the high quantity and excellent quality of hotels and restaurants give evidence. Fegina is dominated by the famous concrete statue of the Giant, built beside the terrace of a local villa. This statue was created at the beginning of the XX century by Levacher and Minerbi, an architect and a sculptor, and represents Neptune, the god of the sea. Now it has become the symbol of Monterosso. The old town of Monterosso is dominated by the ruins of the castle and characterized by typical narrow medieval streets carruggi with multi-colored terraced houses. The beach is the only extensive sand beach in the Cinque Terre and runs along most of the coastline and is well used by tourists and locals.