Monesteroli, the Ligurian Village Reached by a Spectacular Staircase

Jul 20, 2020 177

BY: Silvia Donati

Halfway between Riomaggiore and Portovenere, in the Cinque Terre National Park, is the ancient village of Monesteroli, reachable only by a likewise ancient staircase, made of 1200 steps, built by farmers who needed to transport grapes from the vineyards surrounding the village. 

The so-called Grand Staircase, formed by sandstone steps, winds its way between the remains of vineyards and a precipice. Only the sounds of wind and waves crashing below will accompany your descent. To reach the village, 415 meters below, takes about 30 minutes, and the effort is rewarded by the splendid view you have once you get there. 

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