Manarola is a small fishing village in the province of La Spezia, in Liguria, in the northern part of Italy, whose homes spread over a ravine wild coastline and rugged along the Ligurian Sea. Manarola is one of five small communities of part of the Italian Riviera known as the Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre, which you will understand, translated as “five lands” refers to five villages which are connected by a hiking trail: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.
And as in most of the Cinque Terre, there are vineyards everywhere.
The tiny harbor of Manarola is a real theater where the show would be the quaint houses (typical Genoese tower houses) which are spread over the cliff and the opening of the Ligurian Sea. Although there is no real beach here, we find one of the best swimming spots in deep waters of the region. This is an opportunity for the adventurous jump from the rocks, but a scale also gives you access to water. There is even a shower.
The main activities of Manarola were traditionally fishing and viticulture. The local wine, called Sciachetrà, is particularly renowned. References from Roman texts mention the quality of the wine produced in the region. In recent years, Manarola and its neighboring villages have become popular tourist destinations, especially in summer. Tourist attractions in the region include a famous walking trail between Manarola and Riomaggiore, called Via dell’Amore, the “path of love” as well as hiking trails in the hills and vineyards overlooking the city. The villages themselves are real wonders.
How to get to Manarola and Cinque Terre?
The train is the easiest way to get to Manarola. There is a railway station in Manarola and Riomaggiore on the Genoa-Rome line. We can also approach the villages of the Cinque Terre by car (via the Provincial Road 32) but this is not recommended because it is impossible to park on site and can not circulate in the village. If you are driving, it is best to park at the parking Monterosso or Levanto. The port of Manarola is accessible by boat. A tourist line connects to Porto Venere, and from there to La Spezia and Lerici. The nearest airport is in Genoa.
Staying in Manarola
There are only very few hotels in Manarola you can find the best price on online booking.