via Rollandi 221, Manarola, 19010, Italy
More about Manarola
Room with a view
Detail of building in the Piazza Capellini
Church and campanile, Manarola
Is it better to connect to Manarolo in Genoa or La Spezia?
Can you purchase train tickets in advance for getting to Manarolo either from the Genoa Station or the La Spezia Station?
Where can I find the schedules for the local/commuter train that service the Cinque Terre area from either Genoa or La Spezia?
Re: Train Service
You will find all train times, details and fares in English here;
I don't think it makes any difference whether you start from Genoa or La Sp, except in time terms (La Sp is much nearer). You may have to change from Genoa on some departures. Trains follow the same route regardless.
Yes, you can buy tickets for Manarola from either station.
Re: Train Service
what I remember is that all trains are using the same traintracks between Genua and La Specia, but of course not many of them will stop in Manarolo.But those stopping will also stop at most of the other stations along the way, so it might make sense to take a fast train to La Spezia and go back on a local one.
Re: Train Service
As I recall, a stopping train (i.e. one which stopped at all the '5 towns') came along roughly every 30 minutes or so when I was there. That's how I managed to visit 3 'toen's on one day-trip from Pisa, along with a wander round La Sp and its museum at the beginning and end of my day. Without that, visiting all 5 would have been perfectly feasible.
The Trenitalia site seems to confirm those timings.
So there really is no problem in using the train to get from wherever you have parked your car to Vernazza.
Travel Tips for Manarola
Cinque Terre Pass
f your planning to be in Cinque Terre for at least 3 days I would recommend buying the 3 day Cinque Terre Pass that includes access to all the trails and also unlimited use of the commuter train that runs between all five villages. In Feb. 2008 I paid roughly 20 euro for my pass, it was well worth it. You can buy the pass at any of the train stations, the pass also comes with a map and train schedule.
No museums or cathedrals
The main attraction of Manarola is Manarola - with its colorful homes looking like they are stacked on top of each other and hanging precariously onto the rocky coast Here you feel you are in the midst of real Italian life. The village is lovely and quite friendly. One evening we stopped in a small restaurant for a gelato and it appeared that the entire population of Manarola was present. There was a very family oriented small town atmosphere and one older gentleman seemed to be the "godfather" (in the best sense of the word I hope) of the populace as everyone seemed to stop, greet him, exchange an embrace and a few words.
The Cinque Terre Card
The Cinque Terre Card provides a convenient way to travel between villages. Available at train stations, the card covers all train, trail, and bus fees for a one day (€5.20), three day (€12.40), or seven day (€19.60) period. The card is a great value if you plan to hike between three or more villages and use the trains. Buses run twice every hour between the villages. If traveling by train, be sure to validate your card in a yellow punch box before boarding.
Don't miss it!
The Cinque Terre is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.
The villages are gorgeous, the views breathtaking and the energetic hikes give you a great excuse to eat plenty of gelato!!
Make time in your next trip to Italy to visit this magical place.
Hiking the Cinque Terra
Without a doubt, one of the best things to do in the Cinque Terra is to take in the natural beauty of the area. The best way to do that is to hike one of the numerous trails. Hikes range from 20 minutes (Manorola to Riomaggiore) to 12 hours (Porto Venere to Levanto). A hike taking in all of the 5 villages will take about 4 to 4 1/2 hours. None of the trails directly between the villages are hard. Only when you start using some of the trails in the mountains and forests, do they become moderately difficult. Of course, if you have any medical issues, you should take care on any hike. (Sorry, I am a physical therapist!)
Popular Hotels in Manarola
Vico Volto, 20, Piazza della Chiesa, Manarola