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Manarola

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

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Walking trails: see below for more details.

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What to see in Manarola (tagged on the map):


Presepe, Manarola, Cinque Terre

1. Presepe in Manarola (open in winter)
Every country has its own Christmas traditions. In Italy, like in many other countries, it is an occasion to depict Christmas in different ways (sculptures, theatres). It is called the Nativity scene (crib, presepe). The biggest presepe in the world is erected in Manarola annually, and is solemnly opened on the 8th of December. The closing date may change, but usually it is the 31st of January or the beginning of February.


Church of San Lorenzo, Manarola, Cinque Terre

2. Church of San Lorenzo
According to historical sources, it was built in 1338. Apparently, by Antelami masters.
Architectural style: gothic, baroque.


3. Fortress ruins
Remains of the bastion built in the XIII century can be seen in the buildings on the seafront. Its walls were used for construction of houses. As far as the castle built together with the bastion is concerned, nothing is left from it.

4. Groppo
A small hamlet near Manarola is famous for its wine. Here you can taste and buy real Cinque Terre wine.
Groppo can be reached by bus or by foot: route #6 + #6' bypass.


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

5. Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Health
It is one of the five famous sanctuaries of the Cinque Terre. It is located in Volastra.
The Temple of Santa Maria della Salute has Roman origin and dates back to the X century. Virgin Mary printed in XVIII century can be found in the internal room under a cylindrical ceiling.
It can be reached via the route "the Way to Volastra", described below.




Walking trails near Manarola:


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    The Way of Love

    Journey time: 15-30 minutes.
    Difficulty: not any.
    Path length: 900 m / 0.5 miles.
    Description: tourist walking trail connecting two villages: Manarola and Riomaggiore. It is the simplest and the shortest section of all the walking trails of the Cinque Terre Park.
    The route consists of paths: #2a.
    The trail is temporarily inaccessible (approximately till: 04/2017).

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    The Blue Path, 2b

    Journey time: 40-60 minutes.
    Difficulty: 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 (one can reach the station from the town using 382 step "Landarina" staircase).
    The route consists of paths: #2b.
    The trail is temporarily inaccessible (approximately till: 04/2016).

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

    Difficulty: low.
    Description: Volastra is a small hamlet near Manarola; inhabitants of Volastra founded Manarola long time ago. The town has a Temple of Santa Maria della Salute. It can be reached via path #6; from there the path goes towards the High Path #1, but you can also change your trek and go to Corniglia by taking a detour from path #6d. To reach Groppo, first take path #6, and just before Volastra take path #6' bypass or path #02.
    The route consists of 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

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Manarola - Presepe

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