I got back from Cinque Terre a few weeks ago. I ended up in the town early June. When I stepped off the train I was in paradise. The only people around were locals, just doing their own thing. I felt bad, like I should have been invited. I had reservations at the Hotel Souvenir. When I got there the man tried to send me to another place that was horrible and not the place I had made reservations for. I was extremely upset. With my pack on my back I began to walk.
Like an angel a man came to me asking if I was looking for a room. He said he owned rental property in Monterosso. I wasn’t expecting much at all; but I did not expect what he was about to show me. The apartment was 15ft. from the restaurant you mentioned in you article. It had a king size bed, plenty of room to put up and hang clothes, a very large kitchen, a large bath, and a large walk out balcony overlooking the square area. All of this came at 40 Euros. His website is www.5terreaccomodation.com. He truly was God-sent.
I thought so much of the town; I brought my girlfriend back three weeks later. I felt so bad. The little town that earlier seemed so peaceful had turned into another overcrowded tourist hangout. I couldn’t understand why the people that were walking the streets drunk yelling till early in the morning would come to a place they heard was so peaceful and untouched. I will never go back during the high season and encourage the people that go to respect the place and the people that live there.