Manarola, the charming village, one of the 5 of the Cinque Terre, a great village, the village we love:
the one that will charm you, either you visit it just for a few days or you decide to spend a long holiday
the one that will always offer you a relaxing staying even in the most crowded season
the one that will give you the most romantic and unforgettable sunsets
THE ONE YOU’LL LOVE IT, no ifs and buts!
Manarola is undeniably charming. Its rustic setting means it’s slightly less populated with tourists during the high season. Manarola is a perfect spot for your Cinque terre holiday and to give those Ligurian anchovies a try! And to convince this is the place for you, there’s no better key to open your heart than picture of this amazing and unique village.
Down here lovely views from apartment Radici opening on the calm waters of the Cinque Terre till Mesco Rock in Monterosso
and here relaxing views of its waters and local fishermen
Buildings perched on the rocks talk about their history. Manarola may be the oldest of the towns in the Cinque Terre, with the cornerstone of the church, San Lorenzo, dating from 1338. Here sunset lighting up the bell tower in front of San Lorenzo Church.
Manarola old houses are like fortress walls that, in ancient times, meant to protect the village from pirates attacks. From there villagers have control of the sea and defense themselves throwing boiling water and oil over the attackers.
The local dialect is Manarolese, which is marginally different from the dialects in the nearby area. The name “Manarola” is probably dialectical evolution of the Latin, “magna rota”. In the Manarolese dialect this was changed to “magna roea” which means “large wheel”, in reference to the mill wheel in the town. Today, visitor can still see a stone old mill wheel walking along Via Discovolo.
Manarola, the charming village also offers a wide selection of unique and high value properties for rental.
Here the list of the top ones, with a quick key to pick the best one for your needs.
For families and friends or just couples willing to seat at sunset on a tiny romantic balcony on the Belvedere promenade and have a glass of delicious Cinque Terre wine we suggest Il Baluardo, built on 2 levels, with 2 sea view bedrooms, 1 bathroom and 1 large sitting room with kitchen corner.
Here access to Belvedere Promenade where tourists and villages love taking a walk at sunset.
For all those who want experience the romance of a large, exclusive terrace we suggest La Lampara (up to 5 sleeps – 2 double bedrooms and 1 single sofa bed), Lambiccu (up to 4 sleeps – 1 double bedroom and 1 double futon in sitting room) and Il Vignau (up to 6 sleeps – 2 double bedrooms and 1 double sofa bed in sitting room)
And who loves experiencing how it’s living in a typical local house uphill, with amazing views on the vineyards and the village, why not offering our 2-bedroom apartments Manarola Nativity (up to 5 sleeps – 2 double bedrooms and 1 extra bedcot) , Il Gavone (up to 4 sleeps – 2 double bedrooms, each with ensuite bathroom) and Radici (up to 5 sleeps – 1 single bedroom and 2 double bedrooms, one with double sofa bed).
Manarola is the village where guests love stay longer than 3-4 days, people who choose Manarola usually rent apartments for one or two weeks and come year after year to get a rewarding and relaxing holiday. They love living as locals and adore Manarola food served by the amazing restaurants that the village offers. One for all, for intance, Trattoria Dal Billy, right below Manarola Nativity, Il Gavone, Il Vignau, Lambiccu and Radici. La Trattoria “Dal Billy” is located at the top of Manarola and consists of three levels “terrace”: two indoor rooms plus a large open space from where you can admire the sea, the village and the hill with gardens.
La Trattoria “Dal Billy” conserves and rediscovers the image of the fisherman, not only the tastes and smells of the sea, but also the flavors of the land between the terraces. Three generations of fishermen and an excellent cook cook and serve at the tables of the products one of the most beautiful villages of the 5 Land preserving traditions and simplicity.
It’s easy to reach Manarola by train, even though not all the local train on the Cinque Terre line stop in Manarola, so carefully check trains stops before jumping on your train. But in case you made a mistake, no panic! Get off in Monterosso or La Spezia and take another train to Manarola!!! Second time you won’t make mistakes!
Always check on Trenitalia or download the useful app Locomotimes on your phone, so you will be always able to check routings and times.
And while waiting in Manarola for your train to Monterosso, Vernazza or Riomaggiore and Corniglia do not miss to take a look at the Dog Stone watching the waters.
And for those willing to reach Manarola by car, that’s not so bad, since the coastal panoramic road that connects La Spezia to the Cinque Terre is really spectacular and, till Manarola, easy to drive on.
There’s a large car parking at the end of the road (the second one you meet going down to the village) right before the first traffic bar. If you arrive during the day (from 7 a.m. to 6:00 p.m approx.) you will always find a Park Assistant to help with car parking payments. Otherwise, you can buy tickets from a machine. In case you arrive late at night and you are going to stay in Manarola for many days, we suggest you buy just an overnight ticket till the following morning, when you can reach the car parking booth and check with the parking staff the best ticket for your needs.
All Cinque Terre Riviera guests will receive detailed INFO to reach Manarola PROPERTIES after booking so that Manarola, the charming village will be for them a unique and unforgettable experience.
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