Visitors to Cinque Terre must definitely spend a day in Manarola, a charming village perched on a promontory of dark rock, located between Riomaggiore and Vernazza, about 27 miles from La Spezia.

This village is one of the Cinque Terre, along with the towns of Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore, Vernazza and Corniglia. Considered one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, its name has its origins in the village’s agricultural vocation, and can probably be traced back to the word magna roea, the big wheel in the watermill. Still today visitors can admire an old mill in the lower part of the town.
The village is built around the main river; the square, with its numerous religious buildings such as the oratory of the Disciplinanti di Santissima Annunziata or the Azzurri sits atop the residential area. Manarola’s distinctive terracing and dry stone walls are the work of thousands of years of history. The morphology of the land has forced farmers to extract every possible inch of fertile soil from the rocks to cultivate grapevines and olives.


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3 Responses to Manarola

  1. Linda says:

    Absolutely worth the visit. Take the water craft tour along the coastline. The water is pristine and the view…well what can I say, we fell in love with it. We rented an apartment for two weeks in Manarola a few years ago, and we are going back as soon as time permits. The train allows for travel anywhere from La Spezia so you don’t need to bother with a car. Loved it.

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