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Manarola is the second town of the Cinque Terre on the side of La Spezia. It is located at a distance of only 500 meters from the first village. The station is also separated from the town by the tunnel, now it is much more spacious and beautifully designed inside.

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Walking paths: see below with more details.

Photos of Manarola.

What is located in Manarola (marked on the map):

Presepe, Manarola, Cinque Terre

1. Presepe in Manarola (it is open in winter)
Every country has its own Christmas traditions. In Italy, like in many other countries, it is used to reproduce scenes of the Nativity of Christ with different means (sculpture, theatre). It is called the Nativity scene (crib, presepe). The biggest presepe in the world is annually constructed in Manarola, it is solemnly opened on the 8-th of December. The closing date constantly varies, but as usually it is the 31-st of January or the beginning of February.

Church of San Lorenzo, Manarola, Cinque Terre

2. Church of San Lorenzo
In accordance with the historical sources, the building was constructed in 1338. Apparently, it was constructed by Antelami masters.
Architectural style: gothic, baroque.

3. Fortress ruins
Remains of the bastion that was constructed in the XIII century, it can be seen in the buildings on the seafront. Its walls were used for construction of dwelling houses. As for the castle constructed together with the bastion, unfortunately, nothing of it has remained.

4. Groppo
A small village near Manarola is famous by its wine. Here you can taste and buy the real wine from the Cinque Terre.
In order to reach it, use the bus or go on foot: route #6 + #6' bypass.

Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Health, Manarola - Volastra, Cinque Terre

5. Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Health
One of the five famous sanctuaries of the Cinque Terre. It is located in Volastra.
The Temple of Santa Maria della Salute has the Roman origin and dates to the Xth century. In the internal premises with a cylindrical arch, there is the image of Madonna of the XVIIIth century.
In order to reach it, use the route "the Way to Volastra", described below.

Walking paths nearby Manarola:

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    The Way of Love

    Travel time: 15-30 minutes.
    Complexity: N/A.
    Path length: 900 m / 0.5 miles.
    Description: tourist walking path connecting two towns: Manarola and Riomaggiore. The simplest and the shortest section of all the walking paths of the Cinque Terre Park.
    The route consists of the paths: #2a.

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    The Blue Path, 2b

    Travel time: 40-60 minutes.
    Complexity: low.
    Path length: 2 km / 1.2 miles.
    Description: the second section of the Blue Path. It connects Manarola with the railway station of Corniglia (the station itself is separated from the town by a big "Landarina" stairs with 382 steps).
    The route consists of the paths: #2b.

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    The Way to Volastra, Groppo, Path #1 or Corniglia

    Complexity: low.
    Description: Volastra is a small village near Manarola, its residents founded Manarola long time ago. There is the Temple of Santa Maria della Salute situated in the town. In order to reach it, use path #6, then the path continues its itinerary to the High Path #1, but you also can change your course and go to Corniglia by path #6d. In order to reach Groppo, it is necessary to walk from the path #6 earlier, stopping short of Volastra, using paths #6' bypass or #02.
    The route consists of the paths: #6, #6', #6d, #7a.

    More details: #6, #6', #6d, #7a

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Photos of Manarola:

Manarola - The town

The town

Manarola - The town

The town

Manarola - The main street of the city

The main street of the city

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