There was a very cool vibe in this cafe/bookstore in Florence, with great music playing. It also becomes a cool bar at night, but we didn't witness that transformation. This friendly young woman was our hostess and agreed to a few photos.
The beach at Monterosso must be a mad house in summer, but it wasn't too bad in September. There were only a handful of people swimming and such. It was certainly nice enough for many people to walk the street by the beach while enjoying gelato.