EuropeTravel GuidesItaly is an exceptional Cinque Terre village

The Cinque Terre takes its name from the five picturesque fishing villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.
Joanna TaylorDecember 18, 2017

Manarola is one of the famous scenic villages of the scenic ‘Cinque Terre’ coast in eastern Liguria: the fourth if travelling from the north-west, the second if arriving from the south-east.

This lovely village is huddled on and down the sides of a rocky outcrop, with the tall colourful houses leading down to a small harbour and piazza below. Some of the houses on the water side of the village look as if they might slip into the sea at any moment, but have probably looked the same for the last 500 years so I imagine they are not at any risk!

Manarola is often listed by travel guides as one of the most lovely villages in Europe, although I sometimes get the impression the guides concerned haven’t actually visited all that many villages, but Manarola is certainly exceptional and would be a contender. Personally I would have said¬†Vernazza, another of the Cinque Terre villages, is slightly more attractive because of its harbour but no problems you are going to visit them both while you are here anyway and they are both listed among the ‘most beautiful villages in Italy’!)

The main historic monument of importance in Manarola is the 14th century Church of Saint Lorenzo, with an ancient watchtower and the Oratorio dei Disciplinati close by on this principal square in Manarola..

…but as you would expect it is the ensemble of ancient houses, the harbour cafes and the scenery that are the main attractions rather than any particular historic monument. You can enjoy lunch at one of the fish restaurants in the small square next to the harbour.

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