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Saturday’s scene: hanging out in Monterosso

2013/05/11by Donna Hull

Neptune statue in Cinque de Terre

Neptune’s hanging out in Monterosso, Italy

On the Cinque Terre coast of Italy, this statue of Neptune in Monterosso hangs from a cliff face at the end of Fegina Beach. The giant version of the Roman God of the Sea (Poseidon in Greek mythology) was built in 1910 and holds up the terrace of Villa Pastine. Il Gigante, as the sculture is called, lost his arms, trident and a seashell when the villa was bombed by Allied bombs in World War II.  The 14-meter concrete statue was damaged again by a storm in 1966.

Seated on the patio of Barabba in White, a restaurant near the end of Fegina Beach, a clear plastic covering pulled down to protect us from a slight October chill, Alan and I enjoyed a lunch of fresh seafood with a glass of local Vino Bianco as the moody-looking Il Gigante kept a watch on the sea.

On October 25, 2011, heavy rains created flash floods and landslides that devastated Monterosso. Rick Steves reports that much of the village has been rebuilt. To learn the latest news of trail openings and construction updates, check out Rebuild Monterosso.

Have you photographed Neptune in Monterosso? Post a comment to share your experience. Alan and I would like to return to Cinque Terre. Next time, we’ll spend more than just a day here.

Click on road trip in Northern Italy to read about our 10-day journey. Use our suggestions to plan your own Italian road trip!


A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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May 14, 2013 at 1:04 pm

There are so many little things like this in Italy that are all just so perfect in every way.
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Alexandra May 14, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Would love to visit this part of Italy.
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May 14, 2013 at 4:49 pm

How did you get to photograph the statue? Was it from the restaurant? It is so nice to peel away layers and discover Italy~
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sheryl May 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Can’t wait to go back to Italy. What a unique and interesting photo!
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Mark H May 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm

I heard about the mud slides and floods as well. I hope that they can rebuild this superb one day walk without compromising on its beauty and historic aspects.

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