cn Manarola

Manarola

Manarola is the second of the five villages. Manarola on a cliff

From the station, a long tunnel leads into the main street, the Via di Mezzo. Going up to the right, leads to the church (200 meter). However, turn right again after 50 meter into the Via Belvedere (nothing more than a small alley). This leads you to some beautiful views (and also to the Villa Arpaiu). At the end, turn to the right and follow the steps downwards. Via some smaller alleys and tens of stairs, some of which count double, you arrive in the lower part of the main street. Turn right and you end up in the small harbour, where a regular boat service will take you to any other town of the Cinque Terre.
 

Attractions in Manarola

The Chiesa di San Lorenzo (or Natività di Maria Vergine) is located in the upper part of the town. From the square in front of the church, you have a beautiful view on the lower part of the village and both sides of the valley.

Manarola - Chiesa di san lorenzo Chiesa di San Lorenzo

In the port of the village, starts the path to Corniglia, which is currently inaccessible due to a landslide halfway. The first part of the trail leads you to the churchyard, at the top of the cliff facing Manarola. It is difficult to imagine that a place with such a view is reserved for the death, but thanks to this, Cinque Terre has kept its authenticity.

Christmas in Manarola


Since 1997 you can admire in Manarola a giant nativity scene during the Christmas period. The nativity is an initiative of a former railway worker. It is built on the terraces behind Manarola, and covers more than 4000 square meters. The 'barn' is built from rubble and lit at night with lamps, which operate on solar energy. There are about 250 'persons'. For the construction even members of the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) are participating.

The nativity remains until February 2 (Candlemas).

If you have pictures of this nativity scene, then you can always send them to info@cinqueterre-wandelen.be. We gladly publish them on our site.

Walks from Manarola

Sentiero Azzurro

The Via dell'Amore, in the direction of Riomaggiore, is closed. However you can reach the Bar dell'Amore (200m behind station). It's worth to go up there and have a drink (if it's open). I still remember the fresh lemon juice I had there in 2008 !

The alternative, the Sentiero 531, starts close to the church of Manarola.

View the trail in our e-book and GPX-library.

To Corniglia

Also in the direction of Corniglia, the Sentiero Azzurro is only accesible for the first 200m. However, you should not miss it. Go up to the bar 'Nessun Dorma' to enjoy one of the best views of Manarola, especially in the evening.

To reach Corniglia, you can take the bus to Volastra and then the sentiero 586 / 587 to Corniglia.

More info and maps in our e-book

To the Sentiero N°1

From Manarola, there are 2 sentieri going up to this trail high up in the hills : the sentiero 502 and the sentiero 506.

These will take you into the Parco Regionale delle 5 Terre, a wooded area on top of the hills, where you even have a chance to see boars.

There are no bars / restaurants on the climb, so be sure to take enough water / food with you.

Cantina dello Zio Bramante

Cantina delle Zio Bramante In the main street of Manarola, on your way from the station to the little harbour,   you find the ‘Cantina dello Zio Bramante’ on the right side. Along the street, you only see a small terrace.

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Inside, you will find more places and at night a lively café where the bartender Gabriel, grandsun of the founder, creates a cosy atmoshpere grabbing his guitar and providing a musical surprise.

Address : Via Birolli 110, Manarola

If you want to taste the acciughe (anchovy), we definitely recommend this place. You will find the Acciughe sotto sale (salted) or Marinata (marinated with olive oil and citron). With a glass of local wine, they taste delicious.


Groppo

Groppo is a small village in the hills of Manarola. You can get there

  • with a shuttle bus that runs from Manarola to Volastra.
  • by car (located on the SP370)
  • on foot (sentiero 506 - uphill from Manarola)

There's two main reasons to go to Groppo

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Cantina Cinque Terre

200 metres behind the village, on the way to Volastra, you can find the Cantina Cinque Terre, the shop of the local cooperative which associates over 300 farmers. You can ask for a wine tasting (three wines with glass and glass-holder € 9.00, with Sciacchetrà € 12.50 - without glass and glass-holder € 5.00 and € 9.00)

Opening hours :

  • Monday to Saturday : from  7.00 h to 19.00h
  • Sundays and holidays : from  9.00 h to 12.30 h and from 14.30 h to 19.00.

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Cappun Magru

a good restaurant in the center of Groppo. Leave the car at the small parking lot at the entrance of the village and take the stairs to the restaurant.


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