Manarola is a great base for exploring the famous Cinque Terre; the second smallest of Cinque Terre region when approached from La Spezia. It is a small seaside town that spills down a ravine to the wild and rugged coastline at the Ligurian Sea the least touristy of the five lands. Manarola is very famous with wine situated along a stream the famous walking trail and hiking trails in the hills and vineyards above the town. It boasts a number of short, easy walking trails. The famous hiking trail connecting between Riomaggiore and Manarola is called the “Via dell’ Amore” starts here. The coastal pathway varies in difficulty from easy to extremely difficult paved path a distance of two kilometres. Manarola is situated between the two easiest legs of the coastal pathway which is flat and easy stroll. The 45-minute hike stretch between Manarola to Corniglia is the easiest part, although the main trail into Corniglia does end in 368 steps.
What’s more, it’s characteristic. Manarola is perched on a steep, black promontory. It’s bordered on three sides by a terraced hillside and sits facing the sea. The Manarola fishing village dating back to medieval times; it is the oldest village founded in the 12th century, Manarola is a typical Genovese hamlet. The oldest building here is the cornerstone of San Lorenzo church, which dates back to 1338 in the upper side of the village in the east and makes Manarola the oldest town of all five. The narrow streets called carruggi have more step than road, filled with colorful wooden fishing boats , brightly multi-colored tower buildings piggybacked up the hillside accessible from more than one level, restaurants and admittedly, quite a few tourists. Manarola main industry traditionally is fishing and making wine with local wine called Sciacchetra. Sciacchetra is especially renowned; references from Roman writings mention the high quality of the wine produced in the region.
Although Manarola has no harbor, there’s no real beach, not even a small one just a landing it has some of the best deep-water swimming around. In recent years, Manarola and its neighboring towns have become popular tourist destinations, particularly in the summer months.