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Manarola
Perched on a rocky promontory, riddled with caves, and lapped by startlingly blue waters, Cinque Terre’s village of Manarola is the epitome of romantic. Its charms include sea-view restaurants serving ultra-fresh anchovies, a picturesque waterfront promenade, and a rugged Italian Riviera shore dotted with swimming holes—all this and small enough to explore in a single morning.

The Basics
Manarola makes a good base for for sailing and boat tours along northern Italy’s Mediterranean coast, as well as hiking and mountain biking excursions in Cinque Terre National Park, which encompasses all five Cinque Terre towns. Day tours to Manarola run from La Spezia, Siena, Florence, and Milan, and generally also visit Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, and Riomaggiore, plus nearby Portovenere.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Manarola can get busy in peak summer season, so book tours and accommodations in advance.
  • Bring comfortable, sturdy walking shoes, as the village roads are steep and often uneven.
  • While many hotels and tourist attractions in Manarola are wheelchair and stroller accessible, the village’s steep and narrow lanes can be challenging for those with mobility issues to navigate.

How to Get There
Located in Cinque Terre National Park, just north of Riomaggiore along the Italian Riviera, Manarola is a two-hour drive from Florence or a 30-minute drive from La Spezia. Parking is limited in Manarola, so unless you are staying in town overnight, it’s best to join a tour or arrive by train from La Spezia (a 10-minute ride). Alternatively, from mid-April through October, ferries connect Manarola with La Spezia, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, and Riomaggiore.

When to Get There
Manarola sees the most visitors and the highest temperatures—upwards of 100°F (40°C)—during the summer. Hikers may want to visit in May or September to avoid the heat, while those on a budget should note that hotel prices rise in August. It’s possible to visit in winter, but some trails may be inaccessible in inclement weather. Year-round, overnight guests can enjoy relatively quiet evenings once the day-trippers depart.

Celebrating the Holidays in Manarola
Manarola’s most unique claim to fame is its magnificent Christmas nativity—the largest in the world, according to Guinness World Records. Every year from December to mid-January, the hills above Manarola are illuminated with more than 15,000 lights that comprise a mesmerizing nativity scene of over 250 characters. Best of all, the entire display is eco-friendly, built using recycled materials and powered by a sustainable photovoltaic system.
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Cultural Tours

Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence

Discover the charming seaside villages of the Ligurian coast on this full-day tour to Cinque Terre from Florence. Travel through the rolling hills of Tuscany to arrive at the dramatic rocky coastline, and take the train to visit four of the five villages that make up this unique, colorful destination — Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Monterosso and Manarola. Enjoy free time to stroll through the winding streets on your own or swim at picturesque beaches, and sample a regional specialty with a limoncino tasting.
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Day Trips

Pisa and Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence by Train

Discover Pisa and the picturesque Cinque Terre on this day trip departing from Florence. Snap a photo with the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa before heading to the coast to see the seaside villages of the Italian Riviera. There, travel through the pink- and yellow-hued towns of the Cinque Terre, a World Heritage Site. Explore the beaches, try the local cuisine (own expense) and wander the charming cobblestone streets. This excursion is open to travelers between 18 and 45 years old, and includes your train transportation.
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  • 13 hours
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  • 13 hours

Historical & Heritage Tours

Cinque Terre and Porto Venere Tour from Florence

Explore Cinque Terre and Portovenere during this 12-hour tour from Florence. With round-trip transportation included, you can skip the hassle of renting a car for travel to and between Portovenere, Manarola , Monterosso and Vernazza, nestled on cliffs by the sea. Train and ferry tickets and limoncino ligure tasting included.
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  • 12 to 13 hours
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Sailing Trips

Cinque Terre Sailing Day Trip from La Spezia

See Cinque Terre from another perspective: from a boat at sea. Spend a full day sailing along the Italian riviera, viewing the five seaside towns and learning about the history of the area from your skipper. Drink in the views of the colorful villages that hug the coastline. Learn some sailing tips from the crew. Stop to swim in the shimmering sea. And then indulge in a lunch of Ligurian specialties, washing it down with some locally produced wine. Participants are limited to just 10 people on this small-group tour, ensuring plenty of personalized attention.
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  • 7 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

The best of Cinque Terre & Portovenere with Typical Ligurian Lunch

Experience the highlights of Cinque Terre and Portovenere on this comprehensive full-day tour from Florence. Explore the Ligurian coast's cliffside villages and ports, accompanied by insightful guided commentary to learn much more than you would simply wandering on your own. Midday, stop to feast on a typical Ligurian lunch of seafood, pasta, and dessert with wine. All transportation, including boat and ferry tickets, is included, making this an easy day trip.
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Multi-day Tours

7-Night Trip Through Venice, Cinque Terre, Florence and Rome

Go from Venice to the Cinque Terre and beyond on this 7-night trip from Venice to Rome. The experience consists of two nights of budget accommodations in Venice, La Spezia in the Liguria region and Florence, as well as one night in Rome. Travel from city to city by train, and enjoy free time to see the sights, from the Doge’s Palace and Rome Pantheon to the tiny fishing hamlets of the Cinque Terre, near La Spezia. Even better: the trip runs with a maximum of eight people for an intimate, small-group experience.
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