Manarola, Italy is one of five tiny towns in a section of the Italian Riviera known as Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre became a Unesco World Heritage site in 1997, which includes a protected marine area, and became a national park (Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre) in 1999. Clinque Terre translates as "five lands" but actually refers to five villages that are connected by walking path: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Each village has own the unique but Manarola is a village that make me fascinates because of the colorful buildings built on the side of the clift. Buildings in Manarola look like (almost) stacked on top each other they called as "Tower House". What other unique thing in Manarola is there are plenty of boats on road but there is no car.
|Clinque Terre map (the darker one)|
Then how to get Manarola?
To travel to Manarola, and between the five villages of the Cinque Terre you can catch the train that runs between La Spezia and Genoa. Besides hiking, it is the easiest and quickest way to travel from village to village, but not very scenic - most of the time you are in tunnels through the mountains, with only an occasional glimpse of the ocean. The train is pretty slow, and not that frequent. There is usually 1-3 trains per hour in summer, and less as the weather gets colder. Some trains don't stop at all the villages, so make sure you check the timetable in advance. A one ride ticket costs around 1.50 euro and there is a day pass that you can buy too. Tickets are available at each of the towns stations, and make sure you pick up a timetable as well.
Photo collections in Manarola (credit to http://www.blamethemonkey.com/):
|No car in Manarola's streets|
|Sunrise in Manarola|
|Moonrise in Manarola|