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Manarola

Famous for its enchanting "Via dell′Amore", the trail linking it to Riomaggiore, the town of Manarola is perched on a high dark outcropping. It is the oldest village in the Cinque Terre, and its name seems to derive from the Latin "Manium arula", a temple dedicated to the gods of the underworld.

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Things to see

• The Church of San Lorenzo, also dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, was built in 1338 in classic Ligurian Gothic style: simple, austere, yet lovely.

• Above the town is the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora della Salute, dating to about the 10th century.

• You can enjoy a breathtaking view of Ligurian houses from the Palaedo marina and of the Cinque Terre coastline from Punta Bonfiglio.

• The Via dell′Amore leads to Riomaggiore.