Monterossa is the largest town in the Cinque Terre, the famed five cities of Italy’s Rivera. It is comprised of the old town and the new town which are separated by a tunnel and are about fifteen minutes walking distance apart from each other. The beach in the new part of town is a large sand beach and most of it is actually public (it’s always a pleasant surprise when that happens) and it is a great place to relax after a day spent hiking between the five towns. It does get crowded so it is sometimes better to slip into old town where there is another sand beach and is generally less crowded. Old town is also a great stop for restaurants as well and last time I ate there I enjoyed my dinner across the patio from the actor who plays Mitchell on Modern Family. Go me and my restaurant selections!