Borgo Storico di Manarola

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Borgo Storico di Manarola
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Perth, Australia957 contributions
Aug 2019
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.
Written April 22, 2020
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297 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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Adrian G
Island of Malta, Malta467 contributions
Jun 2019
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.
Written April 15, 2020
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Madrid, Spain401 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
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Emmen, Switzerland7,291 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
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Claremont, CA4,533 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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Manresa, Spain9,529 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, France5,770 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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Michael K
741 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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Manchester, UK35 contributions
Aug 2020
Me and my boyfriend have just got back from a trip to Cinque Terre on the Liguria coast. We decided in advance that we would stay in Manarola - as it looked like it was nicely placed in between and we could visit the other 4 towns relatively easy. The other option for us was to hike between each town and spend a night at each one.. but the hike is quite difficult (and v warm in August), and between some towns it is very much a steep incline followed by a sudden decline.. not really an easy stroll, so doing this with large backpacks would have been very difficult.

We stayed in a lovely room in an Air BnB - Ca de Capun painters room hosted by Franco. I would definitely recommend, if you are looking for a decent priced room in the heart of the town. It is right above a restaurant, and the nearest possible point from the train station (but not loud despite this - just a bit of a noisy bottle bank which might wake you). The only thing this lacked, which in hindsight I should have booked, is a space with a small kitchen. The restaurants were unbelievably busy! This took us by surprise, as we searched for a place to eat the night we arrived - it was around 21.00, which I guess is a popular time to eat in Italy, but it was crazy busy. You basically can't get a table unless you book, so definitely book the night before if you want to guarantee you can eat in the evening. It is nowhere near as bad in the day for some reason - so my advice would be to eat big during the day and have a light supper. There is a supermarket, and a couple of take-out services (but these were also quite busy!!). The trip was during the covid pandemic, and so the extra safety measures probably didn't aid the situation, with a lot of restaurants operating at a reduced capacity...but it certainly wasn't a relaxed case of "rock up and decide what you fancy in the evening" - you had to plan. If you are lucky enough to get a table, here is my recommendation...

Ristorante Marina Piccola - AVOID. It looks v pleasant, situated right by the harbour but the staff were incredibly rude, particularly one male waiter. We asked for a table, he said "we're full", I responded with "how long do we need to wait" to which he ignored me and walked away. A more hospital female waitress suggested we can eat inside, as there was no chance we could have a space on the terrace with the sea view. We accepted, and went inside, to which the male waiter looked annoyed to see us and literally threw a bag of bread on our table. The room had a canteen vibe about it, with bright lights and no air con - definitely not the ambient Italian vibe you would hope for. We didn't get as far as eating - but if you want to avoid getting abused for no reason, don't bother with this place.

Bar La Plancia - Cafe providing a good spot for a croissant and espresso in the morning. Would recommend.

La Scogliera - fine. The staff were accommodating, which is hard to come by here if you are a tourist. The food was good, but not exceptional.

Il Poriticciollo - probably the best meal we had here, but definitely need to book in advance. The waiter was a bit rushed off his feet, but it is nice food!

Bar Corbani - lovely little spot for breakfast, definitely try the iced cream coffee, it was dreamy.

Cantina Burasca - totally rude man. Lovely spot on the hill, but the waiter was abrupt and rude to us, flippantly throwing his hands around and muttering Italian under his breath.

In terms of day trips, we walked from Manarola to Corniglia (~2 hours or so each way). This was a very pleasant walk, but quite a steep incline to begin with as you climb up many steps to the sleepy village in the hills Volastra. We planned to go to one of the lovely wine bars en route, but sadly they were all shut 11.00-14.00 opening times apparently.

Manarola to Riomaggiore was good too - much shorter than to Corniglia, but basically straight up and then down!

We reached Monterosso and Vernazza by train - you could walk to Vernazza, but the trail is €7.50 per person IN CASH.

A quick summary of the villages, in case you are struggling to decide whch to use as a base:-

1) Riogmaggiore - stoney beach, and nice harbour. Lots of fried seafood take outs, but not a fantastic restaurant scene. Train station is about 10 min walk from the main harbour.

2) Manarola - harbour, restaruants and station all very close.

3) Corniglia - lovely little square, and lots of nice places to eat. The harbour is a steep climb down from the main town though.

4) Vernazza - most going on, but probably a bit too busy. Station, harbour and restaurants close together - bit like Manarola, but more busy.

5) Monterosso - least scenic, but hotels and market make it seem like it would be best for families opposed to couples.

All in all, it is definitely worth visiting Cinque Terre - it is an area of outstanding beauty and Italian charm... but it is undoubtedly taken a large hit from tourism which tarnishes it slightly. It is expected, but you will have to queue / wait / book things in advance, and deal with locals who may be adverse to accommodating tourists. 3 days would be enough to enjoy all 5 villages in my opinion.
Written August 17, 2020
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