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The Medieval Monterosso, as it was usual, had fortified structure. The whole od todays old town was surrounded by the city walls with 13 defending towers, but Torre Aurora is the only survived. Actually it wasn't part of the 13th century city walls being constructed in a later period.
Torre Aurora was built in the 16th century with the purpose to protect Monterosso from invaders, especially African pirates. This defending tower stands tall on a headland and juts in to the sea. Locals call it "torre al picco di mare" (tower at the peak of the sea).
The tower is private property today and therefore unavailable for the public visitors. I can only imagine how brilliant photo stop it must be. It overlooking both parts of Monterosso, the old village and Fegina and the view from its top must be magnificent.
The medieval Torre Aurora or Dawn Tower separates the old part of Monterosso from the new part.
It is located on a headland, jutting out into the sea.
The tower is the only one remaining of an original 13 towers which surrounded Monterosso in the 16th century.
It is also a fabulous place for photos!
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Monterosso al Mare is divided into two parts – the newer Fegina to the north, with its beach and railway station, and Monterosso Vecchio, old Monterosso, to the south. These two parts are separated by a rocky headland, on the point of which sits the medieval Torre Aurora or “Tower of the Dawn”.
This is the only survivor of the original 13 towers which surrounded Monterosso in the 16th century. To my disappointment you can’t go inside, but a walk around the headland will give you close up views, and also a wonderful vantage point for photos. The walk is paved and flat and will only take a few minutes, so do check it out.
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This 16th Century tower was built to protect Monterosso from invaders. To get here walk eastwards away from the main street and climb the steps before the tunnel. The views of the beach and the old town from here are excellent.
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