Manarola, Italy

Manarola is the fourth Cinque Terra towns. It's harbor isn't as conducive to anchored boats as Vernazza or Monterosso, so the entire town seems to have boats parked right outside their doors, all the way up the main road! It makes for a unique, colorful, and very quaint site!

Manarola, Italy

The waterfront in Manarola is made for swimming daredevils! While there are plenty of spots to jump or climb into the water, the most adventurous way to enter is by cliff-diving (or cliff-jumping if you prefer). The town happens to have a perfect little cliff jutting right out into the main little harbor... absolutely perfect for allowing the entire town to watch (and cheer!) It wouldn't be half as fun if the cliff were around the bend where no one would see! With this location, even my young boys were ready to give it a go!

Manarola - Cliff Diving
See the guy who just jumped off the cliff?

The main piazza (or square) in Manarola is at the top of the village, up a few meters from the waterfront... a divider between the upper and lower parts of town, you must climb up steps to the piazza to even enter the lower part of town. From the piazza, the upper houses rise very steeply upward, creating a beautiful effect either way you look!

As with the other villages, it has its own castle which once defended the village against pirates. Now a private residence, the castle is well-preserved.

The hiking trail from Riomaggiore to Manarola is the easiest of all the trails in this region. It's really a delightful stroll. The trail between Manarola and Corniglia is frequently closed due to dangerous rock slides so I have yet to catch it open!

Besides the train and hiking trails, a ferry also connects Manarola to the other villages in the Cinque Terre (with the exception of the hilltop Corniglia).

Photos of Manarola, Italy

The train platform, as viewed from the hiking trail from Riomaggiore.

The waterfront

The main drag through the village.

Some of my favorite spots through the Cinque Terre are these tiny vertical walkways all over town. No one living in the Cinque Terre EVER needs a Stairmaster!


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