Emerging from the tunnel connecting Monterosso's old town and new town, we come out on a beach area in the old town, with private beach (with colored umbrellas), public beach, and more boats.
Looking into town from the beach, we see the train tracks, the city behind them, and the bell tower with a clock (originally a watch tower, now integrated into the church) proudly overlooking it all.
Following the streets up, we find ourselves at the Convento e Chiesa Cappuccini, with a chapel, a graveyard, and incredible views of the city.
We descend from the Convento, around the hill to the statue of St Francis (San Francesco), overlooking the water, with more great views back on the city.
Crossing Piazza Garabaldi, we explore the streets on the other side of the old town, wandering up and down the scenic streets.
Along the way, we enter and view another beautiful church, the Oratorio Santa Croce, and then continue winding our way back toward Via Roma, with thoughts of lunch
Along the way, we find small wineries in operation, tucked in garage-sized rooms, with grapes arriving from the nearby hills
Wandering back to the Mediterranean, and in honor of the sea, we have mixed fried fish in a cone for lunch, followed (of course) by lemon gelato.
It's been a great few hours of exploration in Monterosso. Although we come back every year (when we can), we always find something new in addition to delighting in the familiar people and places that we remember from previous visits.