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Manarola

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Beach: yes, small.
Travel tips: Manarola is a urban jewel. Typical tower-houses of the Genoese style are the main sight of this town. The famous "Via dell'Amore" begins here towards Riomaggiore. You should see it.
Disaster 2011: not affected.
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Presepe of Manarola

1. Presepe of Manarola (open in December and January)
Each country has its own Christmas traditions. In Italy - at home, on the streets, in shops, generally anywhere - apart from the usual Christmas tree, Christmas nativity scenes taken hold, they are called here presepe. So, in Manarola you can find the biggest presepe in the World!
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Church of St Lawrence and Oratory, Manarola, Cinque Terre

2. Church of St Lawrence and Oratory
Built in 1338, probably by the Antelami Masters, the church has three naves, a Gothic façade with marble tracery rose window, an orival portal and a lunette with a bas-relief representing the martyr of St Lawrence. In the Baroque interior is preserved a refined triptych of the 15st century. The church is fronted by a steeple of the 14th century, which originally served as a watch tower, and is flanked by the Oratory of the Flagellants, also built in the 14th century. On the corner of the small square is located the building of the old St Rocco's Hospital.


3. Ruins of fortifications
Remains of pre-13th century walls pertaining to an older castle, now gone lost, are incorporated into the row of houses that extends on the cliff overhanging the sea.


4. Groppo
This small nucleus of houses, located above Manarola, deserves a visit due to the presence of a winery where it is possible to taste and buy the typical products of the Cinque Terre, among which are the celebrated Cinque Terre and Sciacchetrà DOC wines. Cinque Terre CARD is needed for access.


Via dell'amore, Way of Love, Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

5. Via dell'Amore
“Via dell’Amore” (Way of Love) is the tourist path that connects Riomaggiore to Manarola.
The beautiful landscapes that characterize the path and wonderful views are the basis of its reputation, but, as his story contain some very interesting details. The main reason which led to the creation of "Via dell'Amore" is closely linked to modernization of the railway line Genoa - La Spezia initiated in the early 1900, jobs requiring the construction of a tunnel between Manarola and Riomaggiore.

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History:


This is a vicinity of the Municipality of Riomaggiore but is more ancient than this latter, maybe dating back to the Roman age (the toponym refers to Manium Arula = little altar of the Mani Gods). The current village dates back to the 12th century, when the number of residents started to grow due to immigration from the village of Volastra, located higher up. Manarola was ruled by the Lords of Carpena and by the Fieschi Family, until in 1276 it was subdued by Genoa. The houses are in part grouped on a rocky outcrop and in part aligned along the valley of the Rio di Grippo stream. The historical buildings are concentrated in a pretty square situated in a commanding position.


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