Travel Guide to Monterosso Al Mare:
Getting to Cinque Terre:
Fly into Genoa Airport (North) and from there you can take the Trenitalia train to Cinque Terre, towards Pisa (South). The first stop from Genoa would be Monterosso Al Mare, then Vernazza, then Cornelia, Manarolo and last Riomaggiore. Make sure you know which way your train is headed. Also, make sure to validate your ticket on one of the yellow validating machines before boarding train.
Where to Stay in the Cinque Terre (Monterosso Al Mare):
In July 2014, we stayed at the Albergo Marina which is located in Monterosso Al Mare, in the old town. In our opinion, Monterosso Al Mare was the best of the 5 towns to stay in, especially for families with kids because it is the biggest one.
Which means, more beach, more restaurants and basically more conveniences. The hotel was fantastic. It’s owners are very hands-on. They have wi-fi (although not extremely reliable at times), a mid afternoon snack, breakfast, beach towels, equipment and tote bag – all included in the price.
TIP: if you are going to stay in this hotel, when you get out of the train station, just turn left towards the tunnel, walk through it and past the tunnel is the old town. There will be 3 streets the one all the way to the left is Via Buranco, that’s where you’ll find Marina’s hotel.
Where to Eat in Monterosso Al Mare:
Ristorante Da Ely – has great pasta, local seafood and pizza.
Enoteca Da Eliseo – we spent aperitivo hour here almost everyday we were there.
Shopping in Monterosso Al Mare:
Lanapo – Fantastic sandals – I bought a pair when I was there.
Fabricca D’arte – Beautiful handmade products – Bailey bought a T-shirt there.
Books we used for Cinque Terre: