Exploring Manarola: the picturesque gem of Cinque Terre
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Cinque Terre is a magnificent coastal region located on the Italian Riviera in the province of La Spezia, Liguria. The region is called “The Five Lands” and comprises five charming villages, each of which offers stunning views of the rugged, steep landscape that descends to the cliffs overlooking the sea. The five villages are Manarola, Vernazza, Monterosso al Mare, Corniglia, and Riomaggiore.
Over the centuries, the people of Cinque Terre have built terraces along the coastline, carefully cultivating the land to maximize its resources. These terraces are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are connected by paths, trains, and boats, while cars are unable to reach them from the outside. The terraces are a testament to the ingenuity of the people of Cinque Terre and are a unique feature of this breathtaking region.
Among the five villages, Manarola is a particularly popular destination for photographers, owing to its picturesque location and captivating scenery. Manarola’s origins can be traced back to the migration of populations from Val di Vara and the Roman settlement of Volastra, who moved towards the sea to capitalize on its resources. The origin of the village’s name is uncertain, with some suggesting that it may be derived from the Latin Manium arula, meaning “small temple dedicated to the Mani.”
Visitors to Cinque Terre can access Manarola via two main paths. The first path, called the “Lover’s Lane,” runs from Riomaggiore to Manarola, and offers a leisurely stroll with stunning views of the coast. The second path is the “Via dell’Amore,” or the “Way of Love,” which connects Manarola to Riomaggiore and is a popular spot for couples to leave love locks. These paths offer an unforgettable experience of the stunning coastal views and vibrant community culture of Cinque Terre.
Manarola may be the oldest of the towns in the Cinque Terre
Manarola’s primary industries have traditionally been fishing and wine-making.
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