On our last day, we decide to finish up with a short hike in the morning from Monterosso to Santuario di Soviore, the former monastery above Monterosso, with beautiful views of the city and the sea. The hike starts in the usual way: up.
Leaving Monterosso behind
At Soviere, we peer inside the chapel, then start down (we have an afternoon train to Pisa where we'll catch a flight to Heathrow and spend the evening).
The chapel at Soviore
View of Monterosso from Soviore
Fabulous sky above Monterosso
Heading back down
When we reach town, we discover an anchovy festival in the Piazza Garibaldi, with plenty of anchovies and pots of pasta cooking away. We head off to our lunch (a plate of lardo bruscetta and a mixed bruscetta platter: pesto, anchovy, tomato, and ham). As we leave Villa Steno and wheelie our suitcases to the train station, we see that the anchovy festival has everyone lined up for lunch.
Anchovy festival setting up
Bruschetta lunch (lardo and mixed)
Anchovy festival open