The square on the ocean in the new town (Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi) provides a space where residents and tourists dine, relax, swim (off the beach), and enjoy the passing of each day. The old town and the new town are both incredible, each beautiful and distinct in its own way.
Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi
Behind the piazza is the Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista, built between 1244 and 1307.
Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista
On the south side of the piazza, streets wind their way into the city and up the hill (one of entries of the trail to Vernazza begins here behind the city hall).
Streets through the city
A few blocks into the city is the Oratorio Santa Croche, another beautiful church dating from the 16th century.
Oratorio Santa Croche
Crossing over the main street in the new town, Via Roma, we walk through more picturesque streets and up a hill to the over-400-year-old Convento dei Frati Cappuccini (convent of the Cappuccini Friars), complete with a beautiful church and a cemetery overlooking the city.
More Monterosso streets
Convento dei Fratti Cappuccini
Views from the cemetery
Descending from the cemetery, the path leads to the statue of St. Francis of Assisi, with more great view of the sea and the new town (beach and train overpass).
St. Francis of Assisi and his view
The walk down from the statue reveals yet more panoramic sights and, in Piazza Garibaldi, it is market day, with food stands, food trucks, and household and clothing stalls set up in the piazza and under the train overpass.
Views of the sea and beach
Market day in the piazza
Our lunch this day is inspired by ingredients we have just seen in the market, focaccia with anchovies, tomatoes, and mozzarella and frito misto with anchovies, shrimp, and calamari.
Focaccia and frito misto
This has been a great day just wandering through the streets of Monterosso al Mare and finding new and interesting things to see and do. There's a reason we come back here every year!