Il Gigante

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Il Gigante is a sculpture of Neptune and was initially constructed out of concrete in 1910 to adorn the seaward edge of the beautiful Villa Pastine. It is now situated at the end of a well-liked sunbathing beach in the Italian Riviera town of Monterosso del Mare. The 14-meter-tall sculpture of Neptune holding back the waves rapidly became known as the town's symbol and was captured in photographs and depicted on postcards of the time.

It was created and constructed by the well-known Jewish-Italian sculptor Arrigo Minerbi, who is best recognized for his work in various cathedrals. Not so fortunately, the Villa Pastine was the target of allied bombing raids. The statue significantly deteriorated in 1966 as a result of choppy waters. Today's faded elegance of the ruins almost blends with the steep cliff face as they face the sea.

What to see at Il Gigante?

  • Check out the eye-catching monument that holds the villa. At the extreme end of Fegina Beach near Monterosso, there is a gigantic man statue that stands 14 metres tall. Like some type of Atlas figure, he appears to be supporting the entire cliffside on his shoulders. If you manage to make it down to this remote part of Monterosso, it is nevertheless a fascinating sight.
  • Sunbathe and swim in the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Rent a beach umbrella and lounge chair to relax on the sandy shore.
  • The water is generally clear and calm, making it a great spot for water sports. Participate in these water sports such as jet skiing, parasailing, beach volleyball, and windsurfing.
  • Rent a stand-up paddleboard or a kayak to explore the coast.
  • Visit the nearby town of Monterosso al Mare for shopping, dining, and historical sites.
  • Relax in one of the beachside cafes or restaurants for a meal or refreshment and enjoy a beautiful sunset over the sea.

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    3 hours

Address of Il Gigante

Monterosso al Mare, Province of La Spezia, Italy

Opening & Closing time of Il Gigante

  • Monday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Tuesday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Wednesday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Thursday
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  • Friday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Saturday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Sunday
    Open 24 Hours

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