Manarola: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

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Manarola is a fraction of the municipality of Riomaggiore, in the province of La Spezia, and constitutes one of the Cinque Terre. It is a truly suggestive village with typical Genoese colored houses with the roof terrace that become one with the landscape and the rocky spur overlooking the sea.
The entire coastal area is characterized by hills of olive trees and grape plantations, and by kilometers of walls. Manarola is also famous for its wine, one of the finest in Liguria, called Sciacchetrà.

To visit the town get ready for some nice walks, despite being small in size, it still overlooks the sea and the climbs are quite challenging. Here's what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening in Manarola!


  1. 10 things to see in Manarola in a weekend
  2. What to see in Manarola in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Manarola: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Manarola
  5. Plan your stay in Manarola: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Manarola in a weekend

1 - Via Belvedere

Besides being one of the main routes, it is one of the best spots to enjoy the view and the view overlooking the sea and the small village. The road climbs around the small port up to the Eugenio Montale square, this square is known as "the balcony overlooking the sea" which perfectly conveys the idea of ​​the beauty that can be admired from here.

  • from the marina it is possible to reach Via Belvedere on foot. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

2 - The marina

The small and rocky port is one of the many panoramic points of the town, from here you can admire the city and its very deep waters, which make the sea of ​​this location one of the favorite destinations for the more adventurous swimmers and the bravest divers.

  • it can be reached on foot and easily recognizable, being a town overlooking the sea, it is in fact the main southern point. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

3 - Church of San Lorenzo

This church is dedicated to the patron saint, which is also celebrated in the town on 10 August. The construction of the church began in 1338, as evidenced by the engraving on the plaque placed on the right side of the facade, it is in Gothic style on the outside and Baroque on the inside. It is an important Catholic place of worship as well the main church.
His bell tower is separate from the structure and it also served as a lookout to observe the sea and possible attacks, it was in fact built on the remains of an ancient lookout tower for the sighting of Saracen raids.

  • it is located in the highest part of Manarola and can be reached on foot. Get directions
  • every day from 10: 00 to 19: 00
  • free

4 - The Manarola Nativity

If you visit the citadel a December or January you can't miss the largest nativity scene in the world. In 1976 Mario Andreoli began to cover the whole hill of Manarola with his illuminations, it took him 30 years and in the end he created what is now a Guinness nativity scene. About 8 km of electric cables, 17 light bulbs and more than 300 life-size figures were used to build it, all created with recycled materials and powered with clean energy. Every year, from 8 December to the end of January, it is illuminated as the sun goes down and is visible from all corners of the city.

  • it is on the Hill of the Three Crosses, but can be admired from distant strategic points. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

5 - Punta Bonfiglio

Another panoramic point to admire the structure of the village, on which a walkway winds its way built by the Manarolese that connects the Marina with the Palaedo port. The characteristic of this place is Vincenzo Cardarelli's poem "Liguria" written on a wall. Also here is a very sacred place to the citizens of Manarola, that is the small cemetery of the town.

  • it is one of the highest parts of the territory, it can be reached on foot. Get information
  • always accessible
  • free

6 - Via dell'Amore

For the citadel passes a hiking trail that connects the Cinque Terre called the Blue Path. It starts from Riomaggione to finish in Monterosso, there are those who walk it all making it more than 5 hours of walking in four sections of the path. At Manarola there is the stretch called Via dell'Amore which, given an accident in 2012, is now closed but work is already underway to reopen it as soon as possible. Among the four it is the easiest and shortest route, about half an hour of walking, and is the first, in fact it connects Riomaggiore to Manarola in just over a kilometer. For lovers of hiking and walking it is a must. The fact that it is a pedestrian stretch with the sea on one side and the rocky wall on the other makes it all an immense peace.

  • it is the path located sheer above the sea that is easy to reach because it connects the Riomaggiore station to that of Manarola. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • the ticket price varies according to the areas of the Sentiero Azzurro and ranges from € 3,00 to € 7,00. By purchasing the Cinque Terre Card you can access at an advantageous price for various attractions of the entire National Park

7 - The beach of Manarola

The coast of the Ligurian town, like that of the entire Cinque Terre area, is steep and rocky. The beach is characterized by small natural pools, rocks, ropes that facilitate the ascent and concrete that allow you to lie in the sun to get a tan.

  • the beach can be reached from the town center on foot going down towards the marina. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

8 - Via Antonio Discovolo

Walking through the narrow streets you can enjoy a breathtaking view that makes you want to get lost willingly in this town. Via Antonio Discovolo it is the main street in the topmost area, and along it you will come across typical houses, shops and tourists intent on photographing the smallest colored details of this town.

  • is the main street located in the upper part of the town, it can be reached on foot from Via Belvedere. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

9 - Riomaggiore beach

You can visit the beach in the nearby town of Riomaggiore, located in the far east of the village. The beach is quite wide and the very picturesque place, be careful though it is not suitable for children or to those who cannot swim, have no security services and with rough seas it can be dangerous to swim due to the large stones on the shore.

  • from Manarola you can reach Riomaggiore by car in 10 minutes or by local ATC buses, from the town the beach is easily reachable on foot. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

10 - Corniglia beach

Corniglia is a municipality that is part of the Cinque Terre, is located north of Manarola. IS' difficult to reach by car as it is located on the top of a promontory about 90 meters high surrounded by vineyards, so we advise you to use the train and then walk down to the beach. The beach is characterized by stones and pebbles even on the seabed. And towards the final part of the beach, right on the border with Manarola, naturism is practiced.

  • the most convenient way to get from Manarola to Corniglia is by train, from the station the Spiaggione can be reached on foot (Get directions)
  • always accessible
  • free

What to see in Manarola in one day: recommended itinerary

You can start in the morning, after having breakfast at Bar Enrica, by visiting the characteristic harbor, one of the many panoramic points from which admire both the city and the magnificent Ligurian sea, then continue along the beach made of rocks and cliffs and climb towards Punta Bonfiglio.

Stop to taste some Ligurian specialties for lunch at the La Scogliera restaurant, in a room made with sea stones. Continue your tour now by climbing and exploring the interior of the village of Manarola. Cross the two main streets, Via Belvedere and Via Antonio Discovolo, which will make you arrive without realizing it up to the top of this town overlooking the sea. Here visit the Church of San Lorenzo dedicated to the patron saint.

In the evening, walk down the town to Trattoria dal Billy, where you can dine with a typical dish of fresh fish in a suggestive location with a terrace overlooking the sea.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at Bar Enrica
  2. The Marina
  3. Manarola beach
  4. Punta Bonfiglio
  5. Lunch at the Cliff
  6. Via Belvedere
  7. Via Antonio Discovolo
  8. Church of San Lorenzo (10: 00-19: 00, free)
  9. Dinner at Trattoria dal Billy

Where to eat in Manarola: the best restaurants

  1. The cliff: restaurant with Ligurian specialties in a room with details in colored wood, maritime decorations and made with sea stones. Average price per person: € 30,00 Address and contacts: Via Renato Birolli, 92 (Get directions) / tel: +39 0187 920747
  2. Trattoria dal Billy: Ligurian fish specialties served in an informal restaurant with colorful walls and furniture and a terrace overlooking the sea. Average price per person: € 25,00 Address and contacts: Via A. Rollandi, 122 (Get directions) / tel: +39 0187 920628
  3. From Aristide: Ligurian seafood dishes in a 1964 restaurant with walls covered with vintage photos. Average price per person: € 25,00 Address and contacts: Via Antonio Discovolo, 290 (Get directions) / tel: +39 0187 920000
  4. The Marina: pizza restaurant with fish specialties served in a simple room and an outdoor area. Average price per person: € 20,00 Address and contacts: Via Renato Birolli, 103 (Get directions) / tel: +39 0187 920083

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Manarola

Fortunately there is in Manarola tourism throughout the year, so the movement is not lacking. The Cinque Terre, however, are not exactly famous for the nightlife. Here in the evening we prefer to do one relaxing walk and enjoy a little silence and the scent of the sea. If you intend to spend the evening in Manarola then we recommend some bars that you can find open until late, where you can spend time with friends and have a drink.

If you want to go wild to the rhythm of music, you will necessarily have to move to the city of La Spezia, where there are clubs and discos.

The best pubs and clubs and discos

  • The Zio Bramante Winery: small bar, a few steps from the marina, open until late where you can enjoy excellent beer or good local wine / Address: Via Renato Birolli, 110 (Get directions)
  • In Piè de Campu The focaccia: precious gem in the heart of Manarola with typical Ligurian products and wine tasting / Address: Località Piè di Campo (Get directions)
  • Papilio Club: nightclub in La Spezia also open for dinner, followed by shows with DJ set house, reggaeton and latin / Address: Via del Canaletto, 136 (Get directions)

Plan your stay in Manarola: info and useful tips

  • it is served by a railway stop on the Genoa-Pisa line, from here it is easy to reach the town on foot. Alternatively, if you are traveling by car, you can get to Manarola along the SP370 from La Spezia
  • Getting around: within the town it is convenient to move on foot, the territory is uphill and overlooking the sea and it will be tiring, but it is still a pedestrian area and moving by public transport is very uncomfortable
  • Where to park: in the Cinque Terre area parking is limited, there are few places and the road leading to it is winding and narrow. Parking is available in Manarola, and is located at the top of the village (Get directions)
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Volastra (2 km), Riomaggiore (5 km), Vernazza (10 km), Monterosso al Mare (22 km)

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