Our visit to the Cinque Terre region of Italy started with some time in Manarola ---a great place to see what this lovely coastal area is all about!
Our plan was to start at Manarola, then take the train to Venezza and finally end up at Monterossa --
We got a bit of EVERYTHING!
I had to do some searching on the background of the area....it used to be only accessible by sea until the 1970s when they connected the area to the rest of Italy with a train system.
According to Wikipedia:
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 as seen by the road above!
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.
Look at the colors!
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 five villages.
How great is this?
Mostly all of the houses are bright and colourful. Manarola was celebrated in paintings by Antonio Discovolo (1874-1956).
All of my group having a great day exploring the Cinque Terre!
I am breaking up all of my Posts for the Cinque Terre, because we saw and did different things in each area.
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|Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy 2015|