Best Things To Do With Kids In Cinque Terre – Beaches In Monterosso

If you're travelling to Cinque Terre with kids, Monterosso is our pick for the best place to stay. Its long, sandy beaches, playgrounds and stroller (and toddler) friendly terrain make it a fun and convenient destination for a family holiday. 



Monterosso's new town (Fegina) has two beautiful beaches. The northernmost beach is presided over by an immense statue of Neptune, referred to as Il Gigante (or The Monterosso Giant). A wealthy villa owner commissioned the creation of the 45-foot colossus in the early 20th century. Il Gigante lost his arms (and other bits) to Allied bombing during WWII, but the rest of him remains and is best viewed from the water. We visited in mid-summer, and the water was shallow, warm and gentle - perfect for little ones. For big kids, there are lots of rocky outcrops to jump off. There's also a shower, and a lovely little seafood and pizza restaurant right on the beach - Barabba. Just next door is a 300-space parking lot (Parking Fegina), but be sure to arrive early to grab a spot. More information about parking in Monterosso.

Monterosso's main beach is long, sandy and beautiful. You can't miss it - its crystalline waters greet you as soon as you step out of the train station. You can hire deck chairs and umbrellas, or there's lots of free public areas to set up camp. A lively pedestrian promenade overlooks the beach, so you're never too far away from a gelateria, cafe or restaurant.


Monterosso's historic centre is a 10 minute walk from the train station. Turn left as you exit the train station and walk along the promenade. You'll soon reach the tunnel that separates the new town and the old town. 

On the other side of the tunnel, you'll be greeted by a pretty beach dotted with boats.

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