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.
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.