Borgo Storico di Manarola
Borgo Storico di Manarola
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  • Need To See It All
    Perth, Australia1,088 contributions
    Don't miss it
    Yes it is crowded, but it doesn't matter. We stayed here and found that huge boat groups regularly come in and out, which didn't seem worth it to us. Pick one place and stay there, and we think this is the one. We swam in the sheltered area, sunbaked on the concrete, and went up the hill to Nessun Dorma for a bite to eat and some wine. I could definitely spend more time here.
    Visited August 2019
    Written April 22, 2020
  • julieton
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom41 contributions
    Manarola our favourite in Cinque Terre
    This is easily done without going on the very expensive tours and we did this ourselves using local trains.Manarola for us was the most iconic and picturesque town of the Cinque terre. We did the journey on our own from Pisa and got off at La Spezia €7.90 return. We then collected a Cinque Terre train ticket at the office on platform 1 for the Cinque Terre the machines were busy and not easy to navigate €18.20pp this was the most efficient and economical way of doing it and there are people checking tickets at various points.or it's €5 one way for each stop. The hop on/ off train that goes from La Spezia to all the towns runs frequently on average every 10 mins. As we were only there for one day We chose three to visit Riomaggiore, Manarola and Vernazza we had time to visit the others but chose not to even though we could have got on and off the train at each one. The iconic pictures that are shown on all websites are taken from Manarola which was our favourite.Riomaggiore was lovely and easily walkable. Vernazza town was great but the walks were hidden and the views not as accessible as some photos show. Manarola was by far the most accessible and if you follow the man made walkway around the cliffs the best views can be had. There is a bar at the end of the cliff walk but it was very busy and orders could only be made via an app which was difficult with limited Wi-Fi and data since we've now come out of Europe due to brexit ha ha. Numerous bars cafes and restaurants at all the locations.
    Visited June 2022
    Written June 10, 2022
  • Adrian G
    Island of Malta, Malta470 contributions
    best of the five
    we arrived by train from Corniglia. Manarola is a very pretty fishing village with Via Discovolo being the main street with many restaurants and bars. The higher you walk up the less crowded it gets. This is a small village but it still offers things to do, like the Manarola Vineyard walk which is mostly flat and offers many views. You can enjoy more views from the cemetery high up above the village. The best view has to be from Punta Bonfiglio. We also had cocktails and foccacia late afternoon at Nessun Dorma. This is a very popular venue and it offers excellent platters, cocktails and other beverages with tremendous views.
    Visited June 2019
    Written April 14, 2020
  • CraigH0901
    Adelaide, Australia1,185 contributions
    Favourite Cinque Terre Town
    We stayed at an Air BnB in Manarola and just spent bits of time poking around the main town area. We went for a swim in the protected swimming 'pool' at the end of the main area. Had a fantastic meal in a hatted michelin restaurant at a very reasonable price. Saw many wonderful buildings and shops. The town is planned with one main street down the centre that is broad and easy to negotiate. The boat/bus tours can assemble and not block the entire place. There is a tunnel leading to the train station to go to the other towns in Cinque Terre.
    Visited September 2022
    Written September 16, 2022
  • ROCruiser
    Claremont, California4,634 contributions
    Popular
    This has to be the most crowded village out of the five. Tourists from all over the world stopped by to see the picturesque setting with colorful buildings. It was quite a walk from the train station down to the harbor. It was drizzling when we were there but did not dampen our spirit. Absolutely stunning! Walk up to the scenic viewpoint for the best view.
    Visited November 2019
    Written February 19, 2020
  • PetDim
    Madrid, Spain403 contributions
    Tourists are spoiling locals
    As described you will expect a timepiece preserved 5 years ago. Unfortunately you will find a place with beautiful scenery and an industry that is fighting for every euro. Everything is made for tourists, everything is on sale for tourists. The charm is gone, the market is open. Even for post COVID period it was overcrowded. And no traditions at all. Everything is hospitality. Definitely locals live better but they’ve lost their roots. Tourists there are everywhere- even laying on concrete ground, because there’s no beach with sand
    Visited June 2021
    Traveled with family
    Written July 1, 2021
  • Deezy1
    307 contributions
    Beautiful Manarola
    I really enjoyed this town. The beauty and charm, is everything! We strolled up these streets, shopping and just looking around. It's one of my favorite towns, of Cinque Terre. You have to make your way down to the water, to get a great perspective of the beauty of this place.
    Visited March 2022
    Written April 26, 2022
  • Bandit-One
    Lucerne, Switzerland7,757 contributions
    On par with Vernazza
    The other day we've visited Vernazza. Today we drove along the beautiful coast again (a fun drive, if you dare) to wonderful Manarola. For us it's about on par with Vernazza. These two are definitely the best of the five villages of Cinque Terre. Compared to Vernazza this village doesn't have a big piazza or port at the sea. But there are other wonderful sights. One of it is the rocky beach where many locals gather to sunbathe or to swim. Then there's the way leading up to this viewpoint, where you get a wonderful view of the village. With its old and charming buildings, all the colours, the oceans splashing against the rocks. It's an amazing sight. The Cinque Terre is a place you MUST visit at least once in your life. Due to Covid there weren't as many visitors as usual, but compared to the rest of Italy there was still quite the crowd. But most arrived by train obviously, since the only nearby parking lot was quite deserted. It's a wondeful village to explore. With lots of fun shops, restaurants and small lanes. Be sure to walk to walk the whole village up until the very top (a bit steep at times). Nice views from there as well. Loved it.
    Visited July 2020
    Written December 6, 2020
  • AlbertSalichs
    Manresa, Spain11,438 contributions
    Fantastic views of the town, charming town!
    Borgo Storico di Manarola is literally the old town of Manarola, one of five tiny towns located in Cinque Terre National Park, in Spezia Region, in the North of Iitaly. We came here in August-2019 and we walked around the old town, really very nice. The best part is Punto Bonfiglio, where you can arrive following the coastal path. From here the views of the town are superb! Really wonderful! The walk, the views of the town, the sea and the dramatic coast are great! Also, we came here with my daughter 3 years old and near this point (Punto Bonfiglio), there is a little children park, so all people (adults and children) can enjoy here. (See also Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre)
    Visited August 2019
    Traveled with family
    Written May 8, 2020
  • Philippe B
    Toulouse, France5,774 contributions
    Breathtaking
    This village is typical from Cinque Terre: colorful, steep with narrow streets and terraces, dominated by a beautiful church and facing the sea. You should firstly walk up and down (from the harbor to the church and the other way round), then try to find the track on the opposite side of the mountain to get the nicest broad view of the village.
    Visited May 2019
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 4, 2019
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CraigH0901
Adelaide, Australia1,185 contributions
Sep 2022
We stayed at an Air BnB in Manarola and just spent bits of time poking around the main town area. We went for a swim in the protected swimming 'pool' at the end of the main area. Had a fantastic meal in a hatted michelin restaurant at a very reasonable price. Saw many wonderful buildings and shops. The town is planned with one main street down the centre that is broad and easy to negotiate. The boat/bus tours can assemble and not block the entire place. There is a tunnel leading to the train station to go to the other towns in Cinque Terre.
Written September 16, 2022
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ROCruiser
Claremont, CA4,634 contributions
Nov 2019
This has to be the most crowded village out of the five. Tourists from all over the world stopped by to see the picturesque setting with colorful buildings. It was quite a walk from the train station down to the harbor. It was drizzling when we were there but did not dampen our spirit. Absolutely stunning! Walk up to the scenic viewpoint for the best view.
Written February 19, 2020
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PetDim
Madrid, Spain403 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
As described you will expect a timepiece preserved 5 years ago.
Unfortunately you will find a place with beautiful scenery and an industry that is fighting for every euro. Everything is made for tourists, everything is on sale for tourists. The charm is gone, the market is open.
Even for post COVID period it was overcrowded. And no traditions at all. Everything is hospitality. Definitely locals live better but they’ve lost their roots.
Tourists there are everywhere- even laying on concrete ground, because there’s no beach with sand
Written July 1, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Deezy1
307 contributions
Mar 2022
I really enjoyed this town. The beauty and charm, is everything! We strolled up these streets, shopping and just looking around. It's one of my favorite towns, of Cinque Terre. You have to make your way down to the water, to get a great perspective of the beauty of this place.
Written April 27, 2022
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Bandit-One
Lucerne, Switzerland7,757 contributions
Jul 2020
The other day we've visited Vernazza. Today we drove along the beautiful coast again (a fun drive, if you dare) to wonderful Manarola.

For us it's about on par with Vernazza. These two are definitely the best of the five villages of Cinque Terre.
Compared to Vernazza this village doesn't have a big piazza or port at the sea. But there are other wonderful sights. One of it is the rocky beach where many locals gather to sunbathe or to swim. Then there's the way leading up to this viewpoint, where you get a wonderful view of the village. With its old and charming buildings, all the colours, the oceans splashing against the rocks. It's an amazing sight. The Cinque Terre is a place you MUST visit at least once in your life.

Due to Covid there weren't as many visitors as usual, but compared to the rest of Italy there was still quite the crowd. But most arrived by train obviously, since the only nearby parking lot was quite deserted.

It's a wondeful village to explore. With lots of fun shops, restaurants and small lanes. Be sure to walk to walk the whole village up until the very top (a bit steep at times). Nice views from there as well. Loved it.
Written December 6, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain11,438 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
Borgo Storico di Manarola is literally the old town of Manarola, one of five tiny towns located in Cinque Terre National Park, in Spezia Region, in the North of Iitaly. We came here in August-2019 and we walked around the old town, really very nice. The best part is Punto Bonfiglio, where you can arrive following the coastal path. From here the views of the town are superb! Really wonderful! The walk, the views of the town, the sea and the dramatic coast are great!
Also, we came here with my daughter 3 years old and near this point (Punto Bonfiglio), there is a little children park, so all people (adults and children) can enjoy here.
(See also Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre)
Written May 8, 2020
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Philippe B
Toulouse, France5,774 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
This village is typical from Cinque Terre: colorful, steep with narrow streets and terraces, dominated by a beautiful church and facing the sea. You should firstly walk up and down (from the harbor to the church and the other way round), then try to find the track on the opposite side of the mountain to get the nicest broad view of the village.
Written May 4, 2019
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,160 contributions
May 2022
Manarola is only tiny but it is one of my favourites of the five Cinque Terre towns. Even if you have a very tight itinerary, you can make a brief stop here because it is small enough that all the main sights are within easy walking distance of each other.
We had four nights in Cinque Terre so we could afford to spend several hours in Manarola, which was ideal. The two absolute highlights were swimming in the harbour port and the Manarola Vineyard Walk.
We had about 4 hours here which was plenty of time to do the following:
i) lunch at Trattoria Dal Billy - beautiful views and fresh seafood
ii) Next did a short looped walk of the town, stopping at Piazzale di Papa Innocenzo IV where the towns historic sights are clustered - the Gothic Church of St Lorenzo (1338), the 14th century bell tower and a small 15th century oratory.
iii) From here we found the start of the Vineyard Walk - a 30 minute hillside hike through the vineyard terraces surrounding Manarola. The views were stunning.
iv) We ended up back at the harbour where we spent the rest of the afternoon swimming and sunbathing on the dramatic black rocks surrounding the small port. A perfect day.
HIKING TO MANAROLA: We walked from Riomaggiore to Manarola along the very strenuous and steep 531 Path. It was not easy going. Unfortunately the easy Via Dell’ Amore path is closed. I don’t know why so many sites seem to indicate that it’s still an option because it’s been closed for over 12 years. Officially, its due to re-open in 2024.
Written December 28, 2022
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Michael K
932 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
From the ground level, the pastel colored houses in Manarola look similar to other Cinque Terre villages. But to get a unique perspective, you need to hike up the hill a little. One good vantage point is along the vineyard trail with the entrance close by San Lorenzo Church. Along the trail you will get a good view of Manarola with the bell tower standing out among the houses. Do not take the detour midway through the trail for a view of Corniglia. That detour is steep and slippery and the view at the top is no better than what you can see later on on the main vineyard trail. At the end of the vineyard trail after passing the cemetery and arriving at Punta Bonfiglio, you will be rewarded with another great view of Manarola. Also along the trail on Punta Bonfiglio you can see Corniglia in the distance.
Written June 5, 2019
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Kkinsey1124
Marysville, OH22 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
The town of Manarola is beautiful to visit whether you come in by boat, train or trail. The harbor area is gorgeous with tortured rocks at the tourist boat landing. Walk the paths along the harbor and above it and be sure to go into town to catch the bus up to the last stop. Walk across to the little church and behind it you can find the high trail that goes to the left off the back of the church property. The walk is easy and agreeable. The views down on Manarola and Corniglia are superb. You can walk down to Corniglia or just go back to the bus and ride back down to Manarola.
Written August 16, 2018
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