It doesn’t take long to be swayed by the charm and cheerful rhythm of Manarola, before you know it; you’ll find yourself cycling down the cobbled alleys of the village relishing every scent and scenery in it and despite the tiny size of the village, there is so much to do and see.
Manarola is a small coastal town perched on top of a rugged cliff overlooking the beautiful Ligurian Sea. It is the oldest of the five villages known as Cinque Terre, tourist’s favorite coastal getaway in Italy.
As part of the UNESCO protected world heritage, Manarola is still an unspoiled land from the old world, with its colorful pastel Genoese houses, Piazzas and towers criss-crossed by labyrinths of cobbled alleys and bordered by tortuous cliffs, vineyards and chestnut forests.
Some of the oldest monuments of the village and the Cinque Terre as a whole are the cornerstone of the church San Lorenzo and the Gothic style St. Lawrence Bell Tower, dating back to 14th century.
On the west end, there is a picturesque little harbor, famous amongst photographers for the stunning view of the colorful village and the deep blue sea beyond.
It’s recommended to visit all Cinque Terre villages when you go to Liguria, since each village is so tiny, you can tour it in a day or two, and you can use the Cinque Terre Train multi-services Card that offers train and bus services in a very affordable price, you can also use ferries as your mean of transportation between the villages.
Manarola is a fishing town so it’s famous by its fine seafood cuisine, restaurants like Trattoria dal Billy that serves exquisite traditional recipes (www.trattoriabilly.com // 0039 0187 920628)
Ristorante Marina Piccola is also a recommended restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious fish menu and a marvelous view of the sea (www.hotelmarinapiccola.com // 0039 0187 920923)
when Cinque Terre became a major holiday destination, Hotels and B&Bs became very expensive so the smart way to ensure an amazing holiday in an affordable price is to rent a house, that way you’ll emerge a little more in the locals daily lifestyle and of course save your money. Manarola seasonal lettings are usually affordable, whether you want to rent a flat or boat cabin on the old port. Check out www.airbnb.com/s/Manarola and book a home in fairytale village Manarola.