Monterosso al Mare is the living contradiction of the Cinque Terre. By one side, the old town, made of ancient decadent walls and bougainvillaeas in bloom, so dear to newcomers hunting for history and folklore. On the other hand, the new modern part of the village, with a small stretch of beach lined with sun umbrellas, crowded with Italians.
Among the five beautiful villages of the Cinque Terre, Monterosso al Mare is the most frequented by Italians. If you love simplicity and Dolce Far Niente, sunbathing, good food and evenings full of movida, this is the place for you. Therefore, if you want to live your holiday in Italy as an Italian, get ready to wear T-shirts and flip-flops and lie down on the whitewashed sand.
It might be one of the reasons why this lovely Italian couple has chosen Monterosso al Mare for their engagement photos. Among many locations, the Spiaggia del Gigante was the most suitable, thanks to the imposing statue of a giant carved on the rock overhanging the sea. In front of it, white sand and turquoise sea, which have nothing to envy to the popular beaches of the Caribbeans. The perfect background for any couple portrait; so different from that of the classical Cinque Terre, made mainly of dark rocks that dive into the dark blue waters of the ocean.
It wasn’t difficult to portray them here. I asked them to walk with their feet in the water, trying to make myself invisible among the many curious tourists. These guys didn’t go unnoticed! Their elegance and the attitude of the bride-to-be made my job easier. A few kisses, lots of laughter, and it was already time to move on, for the last sunset photos in the nearby Spiaggia della Fegina. Finally, we couldn’t miss an excellent seafood dinner in one of the many restaurants in the area. A perfect Italian end for a great day to remember! Cheers!