Winter in Manarola, Italy

March 21st, 2010 12 Commented

I found this set of photos I took in Manarola, Italy about one and a half year ago while looking though my archives. The memory of the tour experiences still lingers in my mind. Therefore, I decided to share them with you.

Manarola is a small town, a frazione of the comune (municipality) of Riomaggiore, in the province of La Spezia, Liguria, northern Italy. It is the second smallest of the famous Cinque Terre towns frequented by tourists.

Manarola may be the oldest of the towns in the Cinque Terre, with the cornerstone of the church, San Lorenzo, dating from 1338. The local dialect is Manarolese, which is marginally different from the dialects in the nearby area. The name “Manarola” is probably dialectical evolution of the Latin, “magna rota”. In the Manarolese dialect this was changed to “magna roea” which means “large wheel”, in reference to the mill wheel in the town.

Manarola’s primary industries have traditionally been fishing and wine-making. The local wine, called Sciacchetrà, is especially renowned; references from Roman writings mention the high quality of the wine produced in the region. In recent years, Manarola and its neighboring towns have become popular tourist destinations, particularly in the summer months. Tourist attractions in the region include a famous walking trail between Manarola and Riomaggiore (called Via dell’Amore, “Love’s Trail”) and hiking trails in the hills and vineyards above the town. Manarola is one of the 5 other islands. Mostly all of the houses are bright and colourful.

Source from Wikipedia.

We alighted at the station Manarola and took the underpass walk to get to the town.

The tunnel has several paintings hanging on the side of the walls. They are all related to Jesus and Catholicism.

This is the small town, Manarola. From the photo, you could see that it was raining heavily during winter. It was kinda cold. We got our keys and headed to the apartment.

The apartment we chose faced the vineyard and the sea directly. I really enjoyed the great view from the balcony.

I bet you could make your day wonderful with such lovely views while enjoying a cup of hot aromatic coffee and some muffins to go along with. However, we didn’t really do that as the weather was freezing. Seating out there with our coats on would be kinda cumbersome too.

After unpacking our stuff, we headed out to scout around the area. It was getting dark and surprisingly, the shops closed pretty early, around 6.00pm or 7.00pm in the evening.

We walked near to the sea to enjoy the breeze. Yep, it was very cold. But, the feeling was great. Holding hands and looking at the waves hitting the rocks near the shore.

There is a large map provided to give the visitors or tourists more detailed information of Cinque Terre.

Now, we were looking for restaurant to have a hearty meal. There weren’t many restaurants open at that time.

After a long walk, we finally settled with one that we found appropriate and cozy. Well, since we were in Italy, pasta was the food to go! I had linguine, and my wife had tortellini, the cheese-stuffed ring-shaped pasta.

We headed back to our apartment after a wonderful dinner. Again, I took a shot of the vineyard. They lighted vineyard with lights illustrating the birth of Jesus Christ (it was a week away from Christmas). I couldn’t get any good shots as I didn’t have a tripod (I still don’t own one yet) and I couldn’t expect any good output from that camera.

We had an early night in preparation for the exciting morning. Again, we headed out and this time we went further. These are the residential houses along the hill side.

We stayed at one of the unit there, facing you. Don’t you find this beautiful?!

Next, we tried going up to the vineyard. But, of course, I was snapping photos along the way.

There is a tracking path at the side of the hill which links the villages (Cinque Terre) together.

The path is rather long spanning from where I stood.

As you can see from the photo, the next village (which I don’t know the name) is in sight.

Next, we continued our climb to… some hiking trail I guess. We didn’t even know where we were heading at the time I assure you.

Another photo of the sea waves hitting some rocks on the shore.

From here, we could have a view of the train station which I alighted on the day before. It’s also situated near the sea sight.

This is the village’s cemetery.

Next, we went back to the town and headed to the church square, a place where the townsmen meet for various activities. In ancient times, the bell tower was used as a post to watch for potential pirate raids.

Finally, we made our visit to the church. It’s old and a bit rundown. But, the overall feel was great.

Well, the experience was great. However, I’m not satisfied. This visit is considered to be incomplete as we didn’t manage to do the Manarola Vineyard Walk which would eventually lead you to the next town, Corniglia. We were unable to do any hiking due to the rainy winter season. Hence, I’ll definitely visit Manarola again and also the rest of the four villages. But it’ll be on summer so that I could go down to the sea, walk around the vineyard and share a completely fruitful experience with you. Till then, this is about all I could share.

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12 responses to “Winter in Manarola, Italy”

  1. moemoekyun says:

    thanks for sharing I like photos from people traveling around. but I don’t like traveling by myself ^^;;

  2. divinelight says:

    that’s a nice traveling photography, I rarely do some shooting when I travel.
    Maybe next time when I already buy an SLR.

  3. Fabrice says:

    Woa, suge na!
    Love the pictures especially the one with the rocks stairs..something like that lol. the hiking trail…


  4. GREW says:

    Nice pictures. Even I’m not that fan of Italy buildings.

    And hiking… URGH xD

  5. Lylibellule says:

    I didn’t knew about Manarola city. It’s a great finding. Once again i was able to travel due to your photos. Thanks. :D

    Shops in Belgium also usually close around 6pm. True that’s early but then vendors can enjoy their evening ;)
    Lightnings placed in the vineyard are really special and pretty.
    Too bad your visit were narrowed because of the cold.

  6. AS says:

    Nice pics. I’ve always wanted to go to Italy to travel along the country side and try the food in different regions. Though I need an international license first lol.

  7. Xine says:

    I love the sea view, so refreshing. And the church seems nice too even though you say it’s old. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward for more of your travel pictures. ^^

  8. Yi says:

    I love the street scenes. A very beautiful city and very gorgeous photographs. That cliff scene is especially famous and it’s an amazing picture. ^ ^

  9. rockleelotus says:

    wow, the scenery there is very breath taking. great photos of this small town, it reminds me of machu picchu with houses and all the levels on the hills *i just recently watched a documentary on it* ^^; lol

    hope you get to visit there again under better weather conditions! im afraid to travel but i like seeing post like these and getting a glimpse of the sights around the world. have you planned where you want to visit next? ^^

    • softz says:

      It’s rather hard to answer your question now actually. I’ve two places in mind. It’s either northern UK or have a complete South East Asia travel. I’ll see which one comes first. :)

  10. Katsura-chan says:

    I’m not very excited about Italy but what’s certain is that they have beautiful landscape and mountains :)
    Moreover what’s awesome is their foods definitely lol No wonder you had some pasta, i want some too now :/
    Funny you are surprised with the time shops usually close. I think 6pm is quite common in Europe and on my surrounding almost everything is closed past 7pm. Sometimes it’s annoying but i’m used to it, no choice after all ;-)
    You travel a lot and that’s very cool, i wish i could too but that’s impossible.

  11. mikiwank says:

    Thank you for sharing with us these beautiful photos of Italy. It is a nice country and also one of the best world cuisine. I love pizza

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