The Cinque Terre is a unique area of Italy due to the remote location of the five villages
We will be staying in a apartment above the town, the view is looking great!
It has been probably 20 years since we have been in Manarola, a town on the Cinque Terre. The photo above was from our 1997 trip through this area. Yes it is time to get back!
The Cinque Terre has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Manarola is the second smallest of the five towns (Cinque Terre) and the second oldest. That is all the good news. At the same time it is one of the most visited of the towns. We have heard has Italy is considering placing a limit on the number of day visits to the Cinque Terre. We will see if we want to sign that petition or not!
In the 1800's a railway line was tunneled through the mountains and joins the villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside. It has been too long since we have been here, there is talk about a restriction on the number of people per day who can enter the area because of overcrowding.
The local wine, called Sciacchetrà, is especially renowned; references from Roman writings mention the high quality of the wine produced in the region. It is a sweet wine so we will probably have to acquire a taste. We will work on that!
Wallking between the five towns can a major undertaking, but the alking trail between Manarola and Riomaggiore is called Via dell'Amore, "Love's Trail" and is one of the easier parts going through the the hills and vineyards above the town.
We have not been to the Cinque Terre for many years. On previous trips we have stayed in Monterosso al Mare, and also in Portovenere but we are looking forward to saying in Manarola.
We will be there for a number of days, and we have made arrangements to stay at a great apartment at Manorola Vista Mare.
The Vista Mare has both rooms and apartments. Located in the historic village, a few steps from the train station.
Based on our contact in making our arrangements, we know this is going to one of the highlights of thre trip.
© Glenn & Karen Marcus
my travels in Italy