15 Best Things To Do in Manarola

Manarola is one of the 5 villages that make up Cinque Terre, which is situated on the coast of the Italian Riviera. It lies in the Liguria region of Italy and as most people say, is one of the most beautiful villages in Europe. The only transportation available is boat and train as cars cannot reach here from the outside. The whole area is now a part of a national park and is a tourist attraction all year round. Manarola is made up of colorful little houses with boats pulled up in the main street. It is entirely a delight to be here looking at all the vibrant colors and balconies with geranium hanging from it. It seems like a little drop of heaven on earth. There are a lot of attractions that you can see whenever you plan a trip to this paradise called Manarola.

Here's the list of places to visit and 15 best things to do in Manarola:

1. Visit the Manarola Harbor, Manarola.

This place is for photographers to add to their collection and make it more astonishing. This place is small, but the view it holds is enough for you to realize that this will forever remain in your heart. Even photographs won’t do justice to how exceptional this place looks in person. You’ll see a range of boats lined up here during the summers and a lot of fishermen roaming around.

Such a stunning place!

2. Visit the Church of San Lorenzo, Manarola

It is also known by its other name, the church of St. Lawrence. It’s a magnificent structure built in the 14th century. It was built and dedicated to the Nativity of Virgin Mary. Its main highlight is the rose window with 12 small columns, a bell tower which was used for defense during the old days. It has these beautiful altars to add to its charm. You’ll definitely feel the vibe I’m talking about, and it will bring you the peace you’ve never felt anywhere else.

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3. Indulge in Seafood hogging

Well, well, well, seafood lovers find their love everywhere they go, and Manarola isn’t going to disappoint them either. The place is known for two main eatables: pesto and seafood. Pesto is very common, and you’ll find it in every other restaurant there, but if you want to try out some delicious seafood, you have got to visit ‘Il Porticciolo’ which has a gamut of seafood and some that you might have never ever tasted before. Isn’t this place THE BEST?

4. Participate in the Cinque Terre day tours.

This place straight out of a fairytale. It’s so hard to believe that something so beautiful can exist on earth. To enjoy all the fantastic views this village offers, take a day tour from Riomaggiore till Monterosso, by boat! Yes! By boat. Enjoy being on the water, sipping wine while the guide tells you stories about all these places. You’ll have the best time to hear some out of the world stories about these marvelous villages.

5. Gorge on the Focaccerias

Don’t worry about putting on some weight while you’re on holiday. And if places like Focaccerias are near you, you definitely won’t worry about some extra kilos. This place makes the tastiest pizza and pizza like sandwiches. It's mouth-watering, and you won’t be able to control yourself from overeating these. Do give it a try!

6. Sip some wine at Nessun Dorma

It’s a bar with a very spectacular view to set your eyes on. It overlooks Manarola, and you can relax here watching the sun go down. Keep on hogging the delectable food and of course, the expensive wine which you’ll never be able to forget. Thumbs up for this place!

7. Witness the beauty of Punta Bonfiglio

If you want to see those fantastic photographs people put up on Instagram of the picturesque Cinque Terre in real, your wish is not to remain unfulfilled. I’ve got you covered. All you have to do is walk up to the Manarola waterfront and then walk down the main street from there until you reach a dead end. And that my friend, is the iconic view that people click photos of. Don’t forget to visit this spot and enjoy the real deal about the place.

8. Test your Hiking Skills

Don’t miss this out for the world. While most people choose to ignore it, the hiking part is actually the best, and it is because of this that you come across some breath-taking views that you might not have been able to see otherwise. It’s not difficult at all, and I can assure you that you’ll have a lot of fun doing this. Are you ready for it?

9. A casa cooking class in Manarola

If you’re really interested in cooking, then you can sign up for a two-day course with the very talented, Claudio. He is supremely adept and can teach you to cook all the traditional Italian food like pesto and ravioli. You can then go back home and show off some fantastic cooking skills in front of your friends and family.

10. Visit Manarolavistamare, Manarola

It offers a range of ideas on what to do in Manarola, all close to the various traveling terminals. If you are traveling to Manarola by car, there are parking spots available for you as Manarola can only be reached by boat, train or by foot. It certainly appeals to the adventurous and foodie travelers as it caters to each and every need of its customers. Do try to stay at this place to enjoy a more comfortable stay, one that is hassle-free.

11. Visit the Piazzle Papa Innocenzo Iv

This street sits on the top of the village and needs some hiking to reach there but the view it presents once you arrive the top is stupendous and worth all the pain. Along the way to this street, you will come across a mill wheel called ‘Magna Roea’ and the village is named after this name.

12. Walk and drink

While you hike your way up to this place from adjacent villages, you’ll find taps at regular intervals for and that is where it gets its name from, ‘walk and drink.’ The journey is full of incredible panoramic views where you’re surrounded by mountains on one side and the water body on the other side. Breathe into the fresh air and soothe your body and mind.

13. Arbaspaa Srl Tour Operator, Manarola

Do try to get in touch with this company once you’re in Manarola. This company will ease all your pains and will take care of every little requirement of yours throughout your trip. They own boats and versatile guide who’ll take you to the inner world of Manarola and will make sure that you have a pleasant stay there.

14. Shop at the Cinque Terre Trekking Gear Shop, Manarola

You’ll find the best trekking tools at this shop and also, they happen to offer laundry services. That’s a two in one deal! The owners are very friendly and even offer to pick up and deliver your thing right at your doorstep.

15. Dine at Trattoria dal billy

It is one of the most beautiful restaurants of Manarola where you’ll get to eat a variety of authentic Italian food. Do pay a visit to this one if you have some spare time.

Manarola is Gods own paradise on earth and if you ever get a chance to visit this beautiful place, never let it go. You just can’t cope up with the fact that it is naturally so beautiful and serene. You just cannot take your eyes off it. Happy traveling, fellas!

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Manarola, Italy

Must see places in Manarola ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Manarola and point of interests to visit.

  1. Church Of San Lorenzo

    #1 of 25 Things To Do in Manarola
    Church Of San Lorenzo

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Tourist Center, Tower

    Address: Manarola, Italy

    Also known as the church of St. Lawrence, it is dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. It was built in the early part of the 14th century in the Gothic Style by the famous architect Maestri Ant...Read more

  2. Enjoy Cinque Terre Day Tours

    #2 of 25 Things To Do in Manarola
    Enjoy Cinque Terre Day Tours

    Tags: Village, View Point, Tourist Center, Leisure

    Address: Vico Chiuso Marina 47, 19017 Manarola, Italy

    Timings: 08:00 am - 03:00 pm Details

    If you are on a vacation in this village this is the best way to explore Cinque Terre and its mesmerizing coastlines and surroundings. It is a company that offers boat tours to its guests. The tour st...Read more

  3. Manarola Harbor

    #3 of 25 Things To Do in Manarola
    Manarola Harbor

    Tags: View Point, Tourist Center, Harbour

    Address: Manarola, Italy

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This is a very small village harbor but the deficit in size is completely made up by the fantastic views. There is not much you can do out here except take in the incredible beauty. This is also a gre...Read more

  4. Manarola Cemetery

    #4 of 25 Things To Do in Manarola
    Manarola Cemetery

    Tags: Cemetery, Tourist Center

    Address: Manarola, Italy

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This is the only cemetery of this small town and also a bit different from the others you see usually. During the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte, he said that cemeteries are not very healthy places and so...Read more

  5. Cinque Terre Walk & Drink

    #5 of 25 Things To Do in Manarola
    Cinque Terre Walk & Drink

    Tags: View Point, Walking Area, Tourist Center

    Address: Via dei Molini 26, 19017 Manarola, Italy

    Timings: 08:00 am - 03:00 pm Details

    Manarolas is the smallest out of the 3 villages of this region but is known to have the best views and the most peaceful atmosphere. This stretch starts from Riomaggiore and as you walk along you will...Read more

  6. Arbaspaa Srl Tour Operator

    #6 of 25 Things To Do in Manarola
    Arbaspaa Srl Tour Operator

    Tags: View Point, Tourist Center

    Address: Via Discovolo 252a, 19017 Manarola, Italy

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This is a licensed tour operating company that can take care of all your requirements. Starting from apartments and hotel bookings to a guide fixation and everything else, they will even guide you to ...Read more

  7. Cinque Terre Trekking Gear Shop

    #7 of 25 Things To Do in Manarola
    Cinque Terre Trekking Gear Shop

    Tags: Tourist Center, Specialty Shop

    Address: Via Discovolo, 136, 19017 Manarola SP, Italy

    Timings: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    This is the best trekking equipments shop as well as laundry washers in the region. The people here are very friendly and can speak in a number of languages including English. They have good stock and...Read more

  8. A Casa Cooking Class

    #8 of 25 Things To Do in Manarola
    A Casa Cooking Class

    Tags: Food And Drinks, Restaurant, Tourist Center

    Address: La Marina, 19017 Manarola, Italy

    Timings: 03:00 pm - 11:59 pm Details

    This is the only cooking class that you can attend in the region and you would surely not regret your choice. Claudio, the host and teacher is incredibly talented and very friendly too. You can just b...Read more

  9. Punta Buonfiglio

    #9 of 25 Things To Do in Manarola
    Punta Buonfiglio

    Tags: View Point, Walking Area, Tourist Center

    Address: Manarola, Italy

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This is a path out of town towards Corniglia. This is a rocky path but a one stop destination if you want an authentic picture of village life in this region. There are also the ruins of a local chape...Read more

  10. Piazzale Papa Innocenzo Iv

    #10 of 25 Things To Do in Manarola
    Piazzale Papa Innocenzo Iv

    Tags: Hiking Trail, Tourist Center, Tower, Streets

    Address: Manarola, Italy

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This is the main street which sits beautifully on top of the village and needs a little bit of hiking to reach there. Along the way you will come across a very old mill wheel known as Magna Roea. It i...Read more

  11. Trattoria Dal Billy

    #11 of 25 Things To Do in Manarola
    Trattoria Dal Billy Image
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    Address: Via Aldo Rollandi, 122, 19017 Manarola, Riomaggiore SP, Italy

  12. Da Baranin

    #12 of 25 Things To Do in Manarola
    Da Baranin Image
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    Timings: 08:00 am - 01:30 pm Details
  13. Cinque Terre Trekking

    #13 of 25 Things To Do in Manarola
    Cinque Terre Trekking Image
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    Timings: 10:00 am - 01:00 pm Details
  14. Errea Di Danese Antonella & C

    #14 of 25 Things To Do in Manarola
    Errea Di Danese Antonella & C Image
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    Address: Via Belvedere, 126, 19017 Manarola SP, Italy

  15. Affittacamere San Giorgio

    #15 of 25 Things To Do in Manarola

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