Monterosso on the Sea is the largest town of the Cinque Terre and also the first documented (1056).
Consisting of two settlements, the old village and Fegina, the most touristy, 'Monterosso al Mare' is important monuments such as the fourteenth century church of St. John the Baptist, before which stood the medieval 'Palazzo del Podesta' (of which some traces remain), the castle of the Fieschi, the monastery whose church dedicated to St. Francis (contains priceless works of art, including paintings attributed to Van Dyck, Cambiaso, Piola and Guido Reni) and in Fegina, Montale Villa, where the Nobel Prize for literature stayed sometime.

   Catholic ceremonies   

Rich in history and charm, the two churches out of the ordinary are absolutely recommended for an unforgettable religious Catholic ceremony.