Manarola is an easy vineyard walk. Attached to the train station by a 200-yard tunnel, the town spills down a ravine to the wild and rugged coastline at the Ligurian sea. (see the Cinque Terre Map).
On the west end, you'll find a wild little harbor and the east side has a small church square where the townsmen meet for various activities. And as most of the hamlets found in Cinque Terre, there are vineyards everywhere.
The tiny harbor at Manarola features a boat ramp, picturesque buildings tripping down the ravine and the town's swimming hole. Although there is no real beach here, it has some of the best deep-water swimming around. A ladder up the rocks and a shower are provided for those who love a little adventuresome swimming.
The town square, known as Piazza Capellini, was built in 2004 and offers the residents and their guests a fun place for kids to hang out and a little quiet - particularly for those who live close to the train station.
It's decorated with mosaics of the local fish and is a great place to sit down and eat a snack or your lunch.
If you want to venture up to the top of Manarola, make sure you check out 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.
And if you are on a budget, check out the very well-run youth hostel that is located directly behind the church. It's the only youth hostel you'll find in Cinque Terre. Or, find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travelers have to say about hotels in Manarola.
No visit to this charming hamlet is complete without doing the Manarola Vineyard Walk. It eventually leads you to the trail that takes you to the next town, Corniglia.
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Hotels and B&Bs in Manarola
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