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The Picturesque Town of Manarola Italy

A town that is the oldest in the region of Cinque Terre in Italy, and is located on the tip of a ravine down to the wild and rugged coastline of the Ligurian Sea is Manarola. ItÂ’s the second of the smallest town in Cinque Terre thatÂ’s very popular with tourists for its colorful houses and a picturesque view of the sea.

A town that is the oldest in the region of Cinque Terre in Italy, and is located on the tip of a ravine down to the wild and rugged coastline of the Ligurian Sea is Manarola. It’s the second of the smallest town in Cinque Terre that’s very popular with tourists for its colorful houses and a picturesque view of the sea.

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The foundation of the town dates back from the early 14th century, and their primary industries are fishing and producing wine. Their wine named “Sciacchetra” has been renowned for its taste for hundreds of years. Historical Roman documents made several mentions of the high quality of this wine.

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The cornerstone of the town is the San Lorenzo Church which dates back to the year 1338. The style of the Church of San Lorenzo is Gothic and was adorned with a rose shaped window, columns, a bell tower, and a wall overlooking the Mediterranean ocean. It also has a traditional Basilica design. In more ancient times, the bell tower was used as a post to watch for potential pirate raids, but today it serves as a religious and community meeting place.

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On the west end of the town you'll find a little harbor and the east side has a small church square where the townsmen meet for various activities, and of course vine yards are everywhere. The harbor features a boat ramp, picturesque buildings tripping down the ravine, and the town's swimming hole.

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The town square, known as “Piazza Capellini” was built in 2004. It was decorated with mosaics of the local fish and offers the residents and their guests a place to hang out. They also have a place that they call “Lover’s Path” that weaves through the vineyards and hills above the town that is perfect for hiking.

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Manarola’s name was an evolution of their dialect which is “Manarolese”; its Latin name is "Magna Rota" and was changed to "Magna Roea" in their dialect which means "Large Wheel", in reference to the mill wheel in the town. Their dialect is slightly different than conventional Italian, but many people like the innkeepers and store owners speak a bit of English.

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Manarola is a perfect get away if you want to be in a place that’s quiet and romantic, with a picturesque view of the sea, and good food. Most of the local cafés there specialize in fresh, homemade pasta, bread, and pesto, and they use locally grown ingredients. One of the most popular dishes is “Farinata”, a dish of Tuscan and Ligurian origin.

You’ll enjoy a trip or vacation to this beautiful place in Italy; the experience would surely be unforgettable.

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Comments (15)

It sure is lovely!

Romantic!

It really is! I wanna go now lol!

Ranked #5 in Europe

Italy has so many beautiful places to visit. I didn't visit this one but I recognize the Italian style and beauty. The clear blue water is always breathtaking (like in my recent article of Puglia) and also Calabria. Italy can be considered as one of the most beautiful countries of Europe and with an excellent cuisine. Beautiful pictures too!

Ranked #17 in Europe

How lovely! Nice to see you in Italy today. Great article Alma. Thank you.

absolutely beautiful

Great place, excellent images. Thanks for sharing.

Ranked #3 in Europe

Looks beautiful, I would love to go there!

A nice travel destination and an excellent review. Well done, Alma.

It's official! I fell in love with this place:)

Its the kind of place I imagine retiring too, if I could afford it. Nice one Alma, have tweeted.

Ranked #26 in Europe

unique place to live

Beautifully presented article Alma! Great write, you have my vote and buzz!

mmmmm... I am just dreaming of sitting on a balcony eating apricots and local Italian food. We traveled to a place called Finale Ligure on the Italian Riviera. I think it may be not too far from Manarola. Not sure but it has a similar look. The food was out of this world. Thanks for the article. It took me on a momentary little vacation.

What a lovely place, thanks a lot for the treat ! the pictures were just so ...beautiful ..I am already planning my holiday lol...

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