Manarola Travel Guide

  • Manarola from the sea
    Manarola from the sea
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    Manarola from the ferry
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  • Padlocks on the Via dell'Amore
    Padlocks on the Via dell'Amore
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Manarola Things to Do

  • The Cinque Terre trails

    Everyone else has written about this silly thing but what’s one more review, eh? The section of the Blue Trail (Sentiero Azzurro, #2 on a CT trail map) that runs between Manarola and Riomaggiore is more pedestrian highway than hiking path. It is flat; it is paved; it is short (about 1/2 mile); all of which makes it attractive to any tourist who...

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  • Via dell’Amore: the Freeway of Love

    Everyone else has written about this silly thing but what’s one more review, eh? The section of the Blue Trail (Sentiero Azzurro, #2 on a CT trail map) that runs between Manarola and Riomaggiore is more pedestrian highway than hiking path. It is flat; it is paved; it is short (about 1/2 mile); all of which makes it attractive to any tourist who can...

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  • The Harbor

    Shutterbugs, this is where you’re going to go snap-happy. Walkways heading off from the right of the harbor to lead the best vantage point for those iconic shots of Manarola. Along the way you’ll pass a local swimming hole, and you can follow the paths to the village cemetery on Punta Bonfiglio, and a small park. Bonus: you can “walk” Via Birolli...

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  • Downside

    The other end of Via Discovolo tilts downhill towards the harbor and eventually turns into Via Rentao Birolli. This area is where the bulk of the crowds will be as most of the ristorantes and shops are along here. Via Birolli is also an overflow parking lot of sorts for little fishing boats. Potter your way towards the water, being sure to look for...

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  • Upside

    The inland end of Manarola is an uphill trudge from the train station or Via dell’Amore and so is largely ignored by couch potatoes - which is exactly why you should hoof it up here. And besides fleeing the mass of humanity that can clog lower Via Discovolo (main street) there are some nice overlooks of the village and an old church to poke your...

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  • Vineyard Walk

    We walked a couple of paths outside of Manarola for a ways, one of those being a marked path recommended by Rick Steves in his invaluable guidebook. Even though it was late September, and the year's grapes had been harvested, we found it relaxing to be surrounded by so much green. The photos shown are from both of the pathways.

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Manarola Restaurants

  • La Scogliera

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    we had dinner here twice and both times it was wonderful. by the end of the second dinner we had met another guy from italy and the owner and him and myself and my husband were drinking limoncello and grappa and just generally enjoying life. i work in a restaurant here in montana and they let me explore the whole kitchen and restaurant. very...

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  • taverna del capitano

    We had lunch here and had the best pizza I have had in Italy. And across the street a great wine shop. From the Riomaggiore train station go straight up the hill about halfway and on the right there is a pizzeria, on the left a nice wine shop. The subject saying taverna del capitano is not correct but I cannot make it go away. (sorry) We had...

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  • Great Seafood and Amazing Views

    Marina Piccola is a great seafood restaurant in Manarola. The pastas are wonderful as well. There is a beautiful outdoor seating area right on the sea. Squid ink pasta with shrimp.

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Manarola Nightlife

  • Nightlife in Manarola

    There isn't much in the way of nightlife in Manarola but there is a great little bar on the main street. Owner Gabriel is very friendly and welcoming, the atmosphere is cozy, it's easy to come into contact with locals and occasionally there is live music. Prices are also good. Bruschetta is only 2 EURO and there is plenty of liquid sustenance to be...

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  • Sunset Cinque Terre Style

    The Cinque Terre has some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.My favourite thing to do in the evening is to pull up a seat at a bar, just sit by the harbour and watch the sunset.It is also a great opportunity to do some people watching - as everyone seems to be out enjoying the view! Make sure you have a warm top - it can get cooler...

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  • fun wine bar

    the first night we were here we ended up in the middle of a graduation party celebrating someone passing the bar exam i think and we were treated like part of the party. impromtu guitar playing and singing, very casual atmosphere, very nice owner who is also a talented artist, just a very fun and relaxing place with a lot of young people. i doubt...

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Manarola Transportation

  • Train between the Cinque Terre Villages

    After our brief (less then an hour) visit of the town, we headed back to the train station for the quick 3 minute train ride back to Riomaggiore. Waiting at train stations in Europe and especially in small villages like this gives you time to collect your thoughts and take a view of everything that you are surrounded by. We were there on a...

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  • Ferry

    From approximately the beginning of April to the end of October, ferries are an alternate way of reaching most of the Cinque Terre villages and many others along the Ligurian coast including Portofino, Levanto and La Spezia. They’re not as fast or as inexpensive as the local train but are a nice way to get a different perspective of the cliffs,...

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  • CT by Sea

    From approximately the beginning of April to the end of October, ferries are an alternate way of reaching most of the Cinque Terre villages and many others along the Ligurian coast including Portofino, Levanto and La Spezia. They’re not as fast or as inexpensive as the local train but are a nice way to get a different perspective of the cliffs,...

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Manarola Shopping

  • Fivestones: Autentic Souvenir of Cinque...

    Fivestones is a very impressive line of souvenirs, all made with natural materials like wood, stones, twigs, twine, nails, paper and cork.This is a line coordinated and articulated, high aesthetic quality, easily recognizable.Fivestones is the creativity of Italian industrial production as opposed to the Asian market.In many Cinque Terre shops,...

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  • in Riomaggiore

    The tourist office for the Cinque Terre is in Riomaggiore. Right next to the train station.Here you can buy souvenirs or use the internet (although it is a bit expensive)

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  • the little grocery

    this is a very small, very nice center of town store. if you lived in manarola you would have to shop there, visiting it is a nice place to pick up a bottle of wine or some cheese and sandwich stuff. a little bit of everything, not much english going on so even more fun. plus it is the place to catch the bus to volastra or anywhere else it goes....

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Manarola Local Customs

  • Feast of San Lorenzo

    Quite by coincidence, we arrived in Manarola on the day of the Feast of San Lorenzo (Aug. 10). In terms of festivals, it isn't that big, but since we love Manarola, it was a nice surprise. Many of the residents light up their homes with white christmas lights, children dress in white robes carrying black lanterns and all of the entire town convenes...

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  • LOCK UP THE LOVE

    Well named the Via dell' Amore means the road (or street) of love and links Manarola with Riomaggiore via a well maintained walking track that hugs the cliffs.There is a covered section where the hill side is too steep and dangerous to carve out a walkway and its there where the famous statue and lovers chair awaits.The idea is that a loving couple...

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  • No harbor

    There is no harbor in Manarola so boats are parked on the main road of the town (below the train tunnel). It is very colorful.

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Manarola Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't Slip!

    If you are planning on walking between the villages on the Cinque Terre, then take care!!Some of the paths are pretty narrow, and along the edge of a cliff..... A lot of walkers carry large sticks with them to assist with climbing and helping to stop any slips and falls.Just ensure you have sensible walking shoes and take it easy - it is not a...

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  • Be aware

    We were advised by a local friend to catch the train to Riomaggiore and then walk the Via d'Amore to Manarola. Then on to Corniglia, and thus to Vernazza and Monterosso.He suggested we would be doing quite well if we could manage it all in one day.The Via d'Amore is a stroll in the park. There were families with pushchairs. If it wasn't for the...

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  • No docking pier for local excursion boat

    There is no docking pier in Manarola for the local excursion boat that runs between the Cinque Terre vllages and Portovenere. The picture shows how you get on/off the boat. If the water is rough, the boat does not stop at Manarola because it is not safe to get that close to the rocks and for passengers. The easiest way to handle this is to get off...

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Manarola What to Pack

  • Shoes and Camera a must!

    Don't forget to pack some shoes suitable for walking/hiking along the cliffs between the towns on the Cinque Terre.When we were walking, we saw one lady in high heels about to set off.....we advised her to turn back! A camera is a must. The coastline is spectacular. Digital is best - that way there is no limit to the number of photos you take!!

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  • Pack Light!

    Backpacks will work well here. The rooms are cozy and large luggage isn't wise. You also have to hike up a hill to get to your accomodations, so luggage isn't ideal.

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  • "I've Always Relied on the Kindness of...

    Many of the paths and streets in the Cinque Terre are uneven or unpaved, for this reason rolling luggage is a pain in the arse...but possibly a good way to meet a young, healthy boys.

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Manarola Off The Beaten Path

  • Side streets

    At first glance Manarola appears to consist of just the one main street running the length of its little valley, and even parts of this might be considered “off the beaten path” as so few visitors seem to bother to explore its higher reaches. But there are some side streets to be discovered too, especially in the higher part of the village, and...

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  • Volastra

    Volastra is a quiet village in the Cinque Terre National Park. You can get to Volastra from Manarola. Following the coast out of Volastra towards Corniglia one walks across the top of the terraced vineyards.The most notable building in Volastra is Nostra Signora della Salute ("Our Lady of Health"). The church is constructed in the Romanesque style,...

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  • Hike from Volastra to Manarola

    Five or six times a day, the green buses make their way up to Volastra, the neighboring village above Manarola. This is part of hike nr. 6 on the Cinque Terre Map. If you take the bus up, you can descend down the tail from Volastra so it makes for a good out of the way excursion if you are staying in Manarola and want to get away from the tourists.

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Manarola Sports & Outdoors

  • Take a Hike!

    The highlight of a trip to the Cinque Terre is a hike between the 5 villages. The distance from Riomaggiore to Monterosso al Mare is 12kms, and a lot of the trail is steep and rocky. The walk from Riomaggiore to Manarola is the easiest. It is paved all the way, and the hardest part is probably the flight of stairs from the station at Riomaggiore...

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  • Take a Hike!

    The highlight of a trip to the Cinque Terre is a hike between the 5 villages. The distance from Riomaggiore to Monterosso al Mare is 12kms, and a lot of the trail is steep and rocky.The walk from Riomaggiore to Manarola is the easiest. It is paved all the way, and the hardest part is probably the flight of stairs from the station at Riomaggiore up...

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Manarola Favorites

  • 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...

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  • The Cinque Terre Card

    The Cinque Terre Card is your entrance card for the hiking path #2 from Monterosso al Mare to Riomaggiore (and/or vice versa). It also includes all trainrides between La Spezia and Levanto for the period of validity, which is either 1, 3 or 7 days.In 2006 the rates were as follows:- Eur 5.20 (1 day )- Eur 12.40 (3 days)- Eur 19.50 (7 days)The...

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  • Helpful links

    Here are some links that might help you to plan your next vacation to Manarola:aerial view of Manarolahttp://www.cinqueterre.comto be continued

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