Manarola is a small town, a frazione of the comune of Riomaggiore, in the province of La Spezia, Liguria, northern Italy. It is the second smallest of the famous Cinque Terre towns frequented by tourists. On the west side of Manarola, you’ll find a wild little harbor, while the east side has a small church square where townsmen have met for centuries for important meetings and activities. And as most of the hamlets found in Cinque Terre, there are vineyards everywhere – hundreds of years old and carefully crafted with local stone stacked to make beautiful terraces. In fact, you’ll need to set time aside to take the Manarola Vineyard walk.
The tiny harbor at Manarola has a small boat ramp, picturesque buildings tripping down the ravine and the town’s main swimming hole. Although no real beach is available for dozing in the sun, it does boast as having some of the best deep-water swimming around. You’ll find a ladder that will take you up the rocks and at the top a shower is provided for those who love a little adventuresome swimming.
Manarola’s primary industries have traditionally been fishing and wine-making. The local wine, called Sciacchetrà, is especially renowned; references from Roman writings mention the high quality of the wine produced in the region. In recent years, Manarola and its neighboring towns have become popular tourist destinations, particularly in the summer months.
Tourist attractions in the region include a famous walking trail between Manarola and Riomaggiore and hiking trails in the hills and vineyards above the town. Manarola is one of the five villages. Mostly all of the houses are bright and colourful.
And for those who love art, you’ll enjoy looking at the mosaics created by local artists of the indigenous fish – a great place to sit down and eat a snack or a picnic lunch.