Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italia

Exploring the Cinque Terre: Manarola

After breezing through our Cinque Terre starting point, Riomaggiore, we arrived in Manarola via ferry shortly before sunset, leaving us just enough time to dump our bags in our harbour-view room before heading out to climb another hill from which we could enjoy more stunning views.

Manarola ferry dock, Cinque TerreManarola village, Cinque Terre, ItalyManarola village, Cinque Terre, ItalyTabby cat sunbathingManarola harbour, Cinque Terre, Italy

Let’s just take a second to appreciate this. How is Italy just so perfect?! Can you imagine living here? Going to school here? Working here? I mean come on. (It almost shames me that I really did consider the problems the residents of Manarola must have with their ASOS deliveries, but that’s the only issue I see with living here.)

After a quick shower & change, dinner was seafood (duh) overlooking the Ligurian as the sea breeze and setting sun dried my hair. Just look at that sky! I was temporarily-distracted from the view by a new little reptile (Gecko?) friend; I kind of want a pet lizard now.

We followed-up with a quick pasta-burning stroll then an obligatory gelato to fatten us right back up again. The perils of Italy.

Manarola, Cinque Terre, ItalyMulti-coloured Manarola buildings, Cinque Terre, ItalyLigurian Sea sunset, Cinque Terre, ItalyGecko

The next morning the light had transformed into a hazy blue.

We were up and out early with the intent of hiking to Corniglia. That plan was scuppered when, minutes after setting off, we hit a locked gate: apparently paths can be closed due to landslide risk. We did see a girl approach from the other direction and solve the problem by climbing the fence and shimmying along, hanging a hundred metres or so above the cliffs(!).

Sensible beings that we are, we turned around, said hello and goodbye to Manarola again, and headed for the train station.

Swimming in the Ligurian Sea, Cinque Terre, ItalyCinque Terre hiking path (Manarola to Corniglia)With Manarola, Cinque Terre, ItalyManarola, Cinque Terre, ItalyCinque Terre train station, Italy


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