Getting Around Manarola

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    Walk to Manarola from Riomaggiore

    by basstbn Written Nov 19, 2011

    We chose to take the easy walk to Manarola via the famed "Via Dell' Amore" trail. I don't remember how long it us to make this journey on foot, but as we stopped several, actually many, times to take in the views, that timing would be meaningless. Who is in a rush, anyway? This is Italy, and the views are breath-taking.

    You can also get to this village using the trains, which run frequently, or ferry boat which runs far less frequently depending upon time of year, weather, etc.

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    Take a Hike

    by sue_stone Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The best way to get around Manarola and the Cinque Terre is by foot.

    Walking along the cliffs between villages is a fantastic experience and the views are spectacular.

    You don't need proper hiking shoes, but sturdy foot wear is a must. Leave the stilettos at home!!

    We saw lots of people walking with poles, which may have made some of the steeper climbs a little easier - harder to juggle the camera though!!

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    Getting to Manarola

    by toonsarah Updated Aug 8, 2009

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    There are several options for getting to Manarola, as with all the Cinque Terre villages. We came on foot, following the Via dell’Amore (see my Things to Do tip), and left by ferry to Vernazza. The third option is train – either a local train from one of the other villages, or mainline train from La Spezia. But if you choose the latter, check the destinations carefully, as many of the trains stop only in Riomaggiore and Monterosso, passing straight through the smaller villages such as Manarola without stopping.

    There is more information about the trains and ferries on my Riomaggiore page, or check out these useful websites:
    Trains ~ www.ferroviedellostato.it/
    Boats ~ www.navigazionegolfodeipoeti.it/

    If you arrive on foot or by train you will find yourself midway up the main street. Turn left, downhill, for the Piazza Capellini, the main street with its shops and restaurants, and for the harbour. Turn right and head uphill to see the large and ancient mill wheel or magna roea, thought to have given the village its name, and the pretty piazza and church perched high above the village.

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    Tunnel from the train

    by rexvaughan Written Mar 19, 2005

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    There are frequent trains from La Spezia for all the Cinque Terre towns and many local shops and restaurants post the latest schedules. There are also photocopies available in places.

    In Manarola the town is reached from the train by a 200 meter long tunnel (shown in the photo).

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    This looks like a good way to get around

    by EllenH Updated Jan 6, 2005

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    I have not been out on a boat from Manarola or any of the towns on the Cinque Terre because its not so popular in November but this year I think we will get to. Our hotel host Andrea has told us weather permitting we will take a little cruise.

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    Battello (boat)

    by myriam_c Updated Sep 19, 2004

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    Do not visit the Cinque Terre by car. It's impossible to get rid of your car in the small mountain towns.
    We bought a Trenitalia Cinque Terre Card that included train service between Levanto and La Spezia (including all the Cinque Terre towns, of course) AND 'battello' (boat) service between Riomaggiore and Monterosso. The card is valid for 24 hours and costs (Sept. 2004) 13.50 euro in 2nd class. You can hop on and off the train and the boat as much as you like.
    Very convenient!

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    Treno (train)

    by myriam_c Written Sep 16, 2004

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    Do not visit the Cinque Terre by car. It's impossible to get rid of your car in the small mountain towns.
    We bought a Trenitalia Cinque Terre Card that included train service between Levanto and La Spezia (including all the Cinque Terre towns, of course) AND 'battello' (boat) service between Riomaggiore and Monterosso. The card is valid for 24 hours and costs (Sept. 2004) 13.50 euro in 2nd class. You can hop on and off the train and the boat as much as you like.
    Very convenient!
    Remember to validate your ticket before boarding the train!

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    Van travel!

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 3, 2004

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    One of the great things we discovered too late about the Cinque Terra are the electric vans that can pick you up and drop you anywhere in the Cinque Terra region. Believe me, if I would have known about it at the beginning, I would not have walked all the way up Manorola's hill with my backpack!!

    Make good use of them!!

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    Train to the Cinque Terra

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 3, 2004

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    If bought in La Spezia or Levanto, the Cinque Terra card will pay for your train travel into the Cinque Terra villages. You are transported by normal Italian trains in second class, and if you need first class travel for this short of a distance, what the hell are you doing in life?

    Trains run basically from about 5 AM to 1AM, with variations for weekends and holidays. Just ask at the station, if important.

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    Parking Log

    by pigletsmom Updated Jan 30, 2004

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    There is a decent size parking lot in Manarola that was not filled up and it was just a few dollars to park all day. Pass the other cinque terra towns, and drive directly to Manarola for parking.
    You'll save yourself a headache.

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    Take the train

    by rstary Updated Oct 6, 2003

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    Take the train from Florence or Pisa to La Spezia. From there you can get your Cinque Terre ticket which allows you to use the hiking trails and the train for as much as you want in 3 days. Cost =$12 Euro. The first village is a 10 minute train ride from La Spezia. You may want to stow your luggage in La Spezia train station if permitted. You have to hike up the hills to get to your accomodations. We were able to roll our luggage on the paved walkways, but a backpack with 2 days of clothes would've been easier and more compact for our tight accomodations.

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