Monterosso al Mare is the most western town of the Cinque Terre. The village is protected by hills covered with vineyard and olive groves. Monterosso has beautiful beaches, steep rugged cliffs and crystalline waters.
The Aurora tower, on the hill of San Cristoforo, divides the old medieval hamlet, from the new part of the village, developed along the Fegina beach. Old Monterosso is dominated by the ruins of the castle and characterized by typical tower-houses crossed by the "carruggi", narrow medieval streets.
In the church of San Francesco are conserved important works of art as the Crucifixion, attributed to Van Dyck. In the XVI century Monterosso was defended by thirteen towers. Today only remains the three towers of the castle, the medieval tower converted into San Giovanni church bell tower and the Aurora tower.
The beach of Monterosso is the biggest of the Cinque Terre and therefore the town has a strong tourist vocation.