The town of Manarola is situated on a rocky pedestral overhanging the sea. It is the calmest of the Cinque Terre, later discovered by the tourists. It is possible to enjoy the nature with relaxing walks, above all the “Via dell’ Amore” that leads to Riomaggiore. Although there is no real beach here in Manarola, it has some of the best deep-water swimming around.
So, in this exact moment I’m sitting in a Cafè, tasting a coffee and writing in my blog to share with you the charming atmosphere of this Sunny day of July in Manarola.
One of the first thing that strikes you immediately when you arrive in Manarola is the vivid colour of the houses which contrasts with the blue of the sea and the green vineyards above the town.
Walking through the narrow streets of the town (the caruggi in dialect) you will arrive onto a square called, Piazza Capellini. The Piazza is decorated with mosaics of the local fish and it is a great place to sit down and relax or have a snack.
The town is full of little seafood restaurants, focaccerie, pizzerie and paninoteche. When the time for lunch came we decided to follow the scent of seafood coming from the trattoria “Il Porticciolo” and we went there. Our instinct was right and soon we tasted good seafood dishes.
Later, we walked through the alleys of the town and found also a little museum dedicated to the most renomanted wine of the Cinque Terre, The Sciacchetrà.
Finally, we went to visit the old church of San Lorenzo and found local people sitting in the little square in front of the church speaking about their everyday life. It’s so characteristic how they use this place also as community meeting place.
Spending a day here in Manarola has been so relaxing. I suggest to you, once you are in Liguria, to see these little five lands…but don’t forget to visit also the other beauties of the Liguria region, I’m sure you will appreciate and fall in love with them!