Manarola: If I was a poet, or even a real writer, I’d write about you. We’ve had a good fling, but now it’s time for me to move on.
I like the way your waters tease me (ohhhhhhh, stop!). I like the way you cook for me. I like the way you trick me into staying off the trails in the morning as you usher in your rain cloud friends (McAssholes, if you ask me). Most of all, I like that most tourists only stay with you for a few hours, not realizing how relaxing you are…
My 5 nights in Manarola has come to an end. Capping off a great week in the Cinque Terre. Ever since reading about it on Nomadic Matt’s site, I’ve wanted to visit the region. After going through endless blogs, reviews, and even Rick Steve’s; I decided Manarola would be best for a home base. Here’s why:
Manarola provides multiple trails to get a great view of town. It’s a short hike to both Riomaggiore and Corniglia:
The trails here take you higher than most other trails, unless you do the full 12hr hikes:
The food is delicious and you have many opions to choose from, especially during the day (calimari to go!!!). Trattoria ‘il Porticciolo is a must, and my favourite restaurant in the region:
It’s very simple. If you want to hike to water, you go downhill. Everywhere else, you hike uphill! I loved getting excercise even just going out for lunch.
In short, the food, people, and scenery all make this place worth staying in. It provides the best of the Cinque Terre, without the huge crowds in Vernazza, or Monterosso. But also has a lot more going for itself than Corniglia, or Riomaggiore.
I was sick when I came to Manarola. This place gave me time to explore and rest at the same time. Manarola has been the best stop of my trip (by far). I’m not even 1/4 of the way done, but I know this place will be hard to beat.
In the future, I’ll give a list of every place I ate as well as where I stayed (Hint: AirBnb). If you find yourself heading to Italy in the spring, I highly suggest Manarola!
Now that we are all caught up, I can say what’s going on. I’ve decided to cancel my stay in Florence, and stay 4 nights in Lucca! Here’s my 2hr trip, tomorrow: