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Manarola

Nestled along the rugged coastline of the Cinque Terre, Manarola is a vibrant spectacle, its pastel houses perched dramatically above the Ligurian Sea. Read more

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Manarola, possibly the oldest of the towns in the Cinque Terre, is an enchanting coastal village that epitomizes the beauty of rural Italy. With its origins dating back to the 12th century, it clings to the steep terraces of the Riviera, offering breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. Renowned for its sweet Sciacchetrà wine and a network of paths connecting to other Cinque Terre villages, it’s a hiker's paradise. Manarola's harbor features a boat ramp, picturesque buildings tripping down the ravine, and a swimming hole that draws visitors during warm weather. The village is not just a scenic wonder but also a cultural tapestry, with locals upholding traditions and a tranquil way of life seemingly suspended in time. As night falls, Manarola lights up, and the reflection of the houses in the waters below is a sight to behold. While less crowded than some of its neighboring towns, Manarola offers an intimate glimpse into the heart of the Italian Riviera, brimming with charm, hospitality, and culinary delights.
Manarola’s allure lies in its simplicity and the vibrant tableau of life, where the Italian dolce vita is enjoyed against the backdrop of an ever-changing sea.

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What to do in Manarola

Via dell'Amore

Connecting Manarola to Riomaggiore, this "Lover’s Lane" is a famous trail offering stunning sea vistas and a romantic walkway adorned with love locks.

San Lorenzo Church

Built in 1338, this Gothic church stands testament to the town's historical depth, with a bell tower originally used as a lookout point for pirates.

Punta Bonfiglio

A walkway offering panoramic views of Manarola and the sea, complete with a bar for a refreshing drink amid the scenery.

Manarola's Harbor

The focal point of the village, where you can enjoy swimming in clear waters or bask on the rocks with a gelato in hand.

The Nativity Scene of Mario Andreoli

Visit the hillside above Manarola to see one of the world's largest nativity scenes, created by a local resident.

Wine Tasting Tours

Explore local vineyards that produce the Cinque Terre's renowned Sciacchetrà wine, with tastings that delight the palate.

The Main Square

Lined with local eateries and shops, it's a vibrant spot to sample Ligurian cuisine or shop for artisanal products.

Exploring the Terraced Hills

Take a hike through the surrounding vineyards and olive groves, enjoying the agricultural landscape that defines the area.

Boat Tours

Embark on a boat from Manarola’s harbor to view the Cinque Terre from the water and appreciate the coastal splendor.

Festivals and Events

Partake in local events such as the Manarola Grape Festival in September, celebrating the village's winemaking tradition.

What else to visit
In and around Manarola

Vernazza (4.86 km)

Emerging from the azure embrace of the Ligurian Sea, Vernazza stands as a jewel of the Cinque Terre. Its pastel-hued buildings, historic charm, and dramatic coastal views craft a postcard-perfect Italian Riviera experience.

Monterosso al Mare (7.12 km)

Nestled within the iconic Cinque Terre, Monterosso al Mare glistens as a jewel of the Ligurian coast, with its azure waters, golden beaches, and terracotta rooftops. It's a serene slice of Italian Riviera where history, nature, and gastronomy converge.

Cinque Terre (7.97 km)

Cinque Terre, five picturesque villages nestled in the steep cliffs of the Ligurian coast of Italy, is an experience like no other. The area is famous for its brightly coloured houses, vineyard terraces and incredible views of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

La Spezia (9.71 km)

Situated on the Ligurian coast, La Spezia serves as a gateway to the iconic Cinque Terre. A vibrant maritime hub, the city boasts a rich naval history, captivating museums, and a deep-seated culinary tradition.

Castello di Lerici (14.92 km)

The Castello di Lerici is a beacon of history and a sentinel to the idyllic Italian Riviera. This medieval fortress, bathed by azure waters, offers panoramic views intertwined with tales of ancient battles and lore.

Bay of Silence (32.32 km)

Embraced by the arms of charming Sestri Levante, the Bay of Silence whispers tales of serene beauty, golden sands, and the eternal embrace of the Mediterranean. It's where Italy's poetic soul meets the gentle lull of the sea.

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