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Il Gigante, Monterosso al Mare
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  • Curious sculpture located at the end of the beach, is a short walk from the departure of the train to the right (it is a little hidden) but nearing the end going to the beach is at the top of the rock. Dispensable but if you're there visit it is beautiful.
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  • In the early ' 900 Giovanni and Juanita Pastine returned to Argentina after having made his fortune in Monterosso and, to seal their success, she had built a villa in one of the most charming and stately homes in the country. So it was that on the site of the Customs House, one recalled by Eugenio Montale "on upside overlooking the cliff", was made a beautiful villa of three floors with a lateral Tower and an impressive marble staircase three flights. Villa Pastine enjoyed a privileged position compared to Villa Montale and Torre dei Merli, who stood behind him, but was still missing something to make it unique: thus it was that in 1910 the sculptor Arrigo Minerbi and the architect Francesco Levacher covered iron and concrete statue depicting Neptune shell holding a huge shoulders, while the other hand holds the Trident. The size of the statue are impressive, 14 meters high and weighing 1700 quintals dominated the rocky promontory and the stretch of sea in front of the villa; on its shell, during the holidays, they could fit 12 pairs of dancers. At the end of World War I, after the death of John Pastine and return in Argentina by Juanita, the villa changed several owners coming slowly into a State of disrepair. During the second world war it was occupied by the Germans to be their command; the Allied bombing destroyed the villa, the strong windstorms and the carelessness of the people caused a lot of damage "the giant" Neptune. In short there is a restoration of this wonderful and historical artwork.
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  • Need to buy a guide if we're not tour because otherwise there is no there is no particular signage
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