Manarola Travel Summary

Manarola is known for its pastel-shaded houses crowded impossibly up the sides of the prominent headland of rock.   The village has charm in the bucket loads and it is a photographers paradise particularly if you take a short walk past the harbour along up to Punta Bonfiglio.

The Manarola Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Manarola:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. What to See;

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!



1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town:

Visitors can enjoy a drink in a bar between the village’s cemetery and the sea. Everywhere is the scent of the lemon trees, thyme, rosemary and Mediterranean maquis; the grapevines – grown on terraces – embrace the village in a tight hug.

There are some fantastic boutiques and restaurants that line Via Renato Birolli which is the main thoroughfare from the train station down to the quaint harbour.  The local wine, called Sciacchetra, is especially renowned; references from Roman writings mention the high quality of the wine produced in the region.

What to See:

The Harbour:

AllThingsTravels Top Pick:

  • The small rocky harbour provides one of the best panoramic positions to admire the town of Manarola.
  • The deep waters also provide an excellent swimming hole for the more adventurous swimmers and divers
  • There are also some excellent sea food restaurants on the harbour where you can sample the excellent catch-of-the-day


Church of San Lorenzo:

AllThingsTravels Top Pick:

  • The construction on the church to the town patron saint was started in 1338, as testified by a corner stone engraving
  • Above the main entrance to this medieval church is a beautiful rose window from 1375
  • The 14th century bell tower, with its square base, was an ancient defensive building

The Bastion:

AllThingsTravels Top Pick:

  • The coast was often raided by Saracen, (the European medieval term for Muslims) pirates and the castle, built as protection from these raids, became the nucleus of the village.
  • Though parts are still well preserved, the remains of the bastion, dating from the 13th century is now partially incorporated into the modern buildings that cling to the coast looking out over the sea

Via dell’Amore:

AllThingsTravels Top Pick:

  • La via dell’Amore or The Way of Love is a pedestrian path overlooking the sea, with a length of just over one km, linking the villages of Riomaggiore and Manarola, Cinque Terre, in Liguria
  • The trail’s name was inspired by the fact that it provided an easy and private meeting place for young lovers who lived in the two small towns in the mountainous terrain


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