Manarola was our second stop of the Cinque Terre villages after Riomaggiore during my trip to Italy for Traverse in Trento. As with all the villages, I had quite the collection of Manarola photos by the time we left, so here’s my way of sharing my favorites!
If you’re hoping to swim, Manarola is one of the places that has some swimming options along with Monterosso al Mare and, to a lesser extent, Vernazza. Most people were hanging out on this little rocky area or on the boat ramp, so it’s not the most comfortable place to chill. It is, however, a cool place to swim if you don’t mind some crowds and onlookers. There’s a cliff right in the middle of the swimming area that you can jump off of!
Quick Little Manarola History
Manarola is possibly the oldest of the villages as its main church, San Lorenzo goes all the way back to 1338. The origins of its name are debatable — it could come from “Manium Arula,” which was a small temple for the dead or from “A Manaea,” a dialect term that refers to the wheel of the watermill. You can see what it looked like around the early 1900s from Antonio Discovolo’s paintings.
Getting to Manarola
Situated between Riomaggiore and Corniglia, the easiest and most reliable way to get to Manarola is by the train that runs between the villages. You can do the hiking between as well, but it was closed when we went. The ferry is another option, but it wasn’t going to the villages when we tried to go because of rough water.
Where to Stay in Manarola
Located in a medieval tower, the uber luxurious La Torretta Lodge is the most highly-rated. It includes everything from apertif to hot tubs and more. Ines Apartment is another great pick with its balconies and sea views, and Affittacamere Da Paulin is only 200m from the train station. Check here for more hotels in Manarola
If you want to stay at an Airbnb in Manarola, there are quite a few locally owned options. Stay in this cozy apartment owned by Elena, who lived in Paris before returning home to La Spezia, her hometown, or this private room in a BnB, owned by Franca, who was born in Corniglia and whose daughter is studying in Kansas. And if it’s your first time using Airbnb, sign up with this link to get some credit towards your first place.
12 of My Favorite Manarola Photos
And now for my favorite Manarola photos! I should also note this is one of the only places I saw a cat — he was chillin’ and sleepin’.
Like I said a lot of onlookers to the swimming!
The cliff in question! If you watch my video up top, you can see one of the jumps in action to see how high it was.
And there you have it! Some of my favorite Manarola photos as well as some information about the village. Can’t wait to share the rest of them with you guys!