Manarola Vineyard Walk
The Manarola Vineyard Walk is an experience to remember. Just make your way to the top of the town where the church is located and find the wooden railing that is just 20 yards or so below the church. This is the starting point for a lovely vineyard walk around the top side of town.
You'll see beautiful lemon trees, and wild red valerian (a relative of the herb we use to make valium!). And don't forget to take the time to smell the heavenly scent of rosemary as you make your way along the path.
You'll also have an opportunity to marvel at the fine workmanship or the region's famous dry stone walls that shore up the beautifully crafted vineyards found all over.
Take notice of the road in an S-shape. This is where a river once ran through the town. Today that riverbed has been covered up and made into the road, but long ago, it provided a place to gather water, wash clothes and gossip with the neighbors.
The trail ends at a T-intersection. If you take a right, it will lead you to the trail to Corniglia. If you decide to turn left at the T, you will start descending back into Manarola.
If you choose to go back to town, along the way you can make a small detour and visit the local cemetery. This is a necessary side trip as it will give you the best view of the sea. The cemetery is located on Punto Bonfiglio where you'll come across a park, a bar and an amazing view.
A little bit more about the church: Today it serves as a religious and community meeting place, but in more ancient times, the bell tower was used as a post to watch for potential pirate raids. Read more about this on our history page.
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