Things to do in Manarola

Our most recommended things to do in Manarola

Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

1. Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

Get a taste of 'la dolce vita' on this jam-packed tour to the Cinque Terre, a collection of quintessential Italian towns dotted along the coast of Tuscany. After meeting your guide in central Florence, listen to an insightful introduction about the Cinque Terre on the 2-hour bus journey to La Spezia. After a quick bathroom break, board the first train of the day. Arrive in Manarola, the first of the Cinque Terre villages you will visit. Here you will join a small guided walk through the vines, and then enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Next, take the train to Corniglia. Climb the steps to reach the center of this quaint village and take some time to wander around. If you have selected the add-on, sit down at a local restaurant with a beautiful terrace and sea views. Tuck into a lunch of homemade pesto pasta for your 'primo' and fresh fish for your ‘secondo’. Then, choose to either go on an adventurous guided hike from Corniglia to Vernazza, or if you prefer to take it easy, follow your guide and take a train instead. Once in Vernazza, sit at one of the local cafés, or take a refreshing dip in the sea. Next, board a train to Monterosso, the village renowned for its beautiful beaches and artisan shops. If the weather allows it, you will then board a boat to navigate along the coast of the Cinque Terre. Arrive in Riomaggiore, an ancient fishing village and the most southern of the 5 villages. After exploring this last village, board the train back to La Spezia and then take the coach back to Florence.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Sailing Tour by Speedboat

2. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Sailing Tour by Speedboat

Explore the beautiful cliffs, beaches, and colorful towns of the Cinque Terre on a sailing tour from La Spezia. You will see all five picturesque villages characterized by pastel-colored houses on a 4-hour speedboat tour. Start your tour from Passeggiata Morin in La Spezia and sail along the western coast of the Gulf of Poets. Admire the beautiful landscape of the four villages that make up the Borgata Marinara. Continue sailing towards Portovenere, where you will cross the Le Bocche, a strait between the town of Portovenere and the wild Palmaria Island. See the magnificent Romanesque church of San Pietro, set among the rocks and overlooking the sea. Discover the unspoiled coves of Le Rosse, Monesteroli, and Punta Pineda along the coastline. Grab a chance to dip in the pristine waters of the Cinque Terre Natural Park. Marvel at the beauty of Monterosso al Mare, the last and most vibrant of the five villages. Here you can enjoy local specialties such as focaccia with anchovies or delicious gelato. Pass through the famous muscle farms while returning to La Spezia. 

From Florence: Seaside Beauty Day Trip to Cinque Terre

3. From Florence: Seaside Beauty Day Trip to Cinque Terre

Visit one of Italy's most enchanting destinations, Cinque Terre, on a day trip by coach, train, and boat. Each of these unforgettable little cities will take your breath away with their gravity-defying dance above the azure waters. This day trip will give you an unforgettable and fun introduction to this coastal gem. Begin your tour of these UNESCO sites at daybreak with your arrival in La Spezia. Board a train to Riomaggiore, a quaint medieval town dating to the 13th century. Marvel at the winding streets of this village and its charming houses leaning one against the other. Next, head over to Manarola to enjoy panoramic views. Continue on to Monterosso, an ancient fishing village considered the "pearl of the Cinque Terre." Finally, take a boat across to Vernazza, whose natural port has kept it safe from invaders for centuries.

From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip

4. From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip

Join an adventure to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Cinque Terre. Explore these 5 secluded villages built onto seaside cliffs, connected to one another only by paths, boats, or trains. Your trip begins early in the morning when you’ll meet your guide in Florence to begin the picturesque drive to the first village. Along the way, your guide will give you a thorough introduction to the region. After you arrive, the rest of the day’s activities are up to you. With the whole day free, it’s up to you as to where you go or how you spend your time. Take a scenic boat or train transfers to the 4 other villages of Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Monterosso al Mare, and Corniglia. Wander the cobblestone streets and marvel at the closely-packed, pastel-colored houses rising up from the coast. Head down to one of the many stunning beaches for white sand and crystal clear waters. Or enjoy a leisurely Italian lunch, overlooking the dramatic cliffs. After a full day hopping between the charming villages, you’ll board the bus for the journey back to Florence.

Milan: Cinque Terre Full-Day Guided Trip With Cruise

5. Milan: Cinque Terre Full-Day Guided Trip With Cruise

Explore the Cinque Terre, one of Italy's most scenic landscapes, on a guided day trip from Milan by van. See Cinque Terre from different perspectives from a boat and a train. After leaving Milan by coach, arrive in Monterosso al Mare, the largest of the Cinque Terre's 5 villages. With no car traffic, it remains one of the truest fishing villages on the Italian Riviera. Restaurants, bars, and accommodation all have an endearingly homespun air about them. From Monterosso, start the final leg of your journey: a boat cruise, where you can admire the stunning views of the Cinque Terre and the delightful village of Portovenere from the sea. Arrive at La Spezia where your coach will be waiting to take you back to Milan. These 5 enchanting medieval villages cling to the coast, offering a breathtaking sight of the sea, and are now part of a national park listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

From Florence: Full-Day Private Cinque Terre Tour with Pisa

6. From Florence: Full-Day Private Cinque Terre Tour with Pisa

Embark on a full-day tour of the Cinque Terre from Florence. Enjoy a boat ride to Vernazza from Manarola with plenty of time to explore the winding lanes and sea views. Visit Corniglia and make a stop at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In Manarola, follow the narrow alleys and pretty pastel squares that epitomize the beauty of the Cinque Terre. Depart for Vernazza on a shared boat ride and marvel at the breathtaking coastal views. At Vernazza, enjoy free time for lunch and wander around this enchanting town. Admire the terraced slopes of the surrounding hills. Visit the harbor, the beach, and lose yourself in the fascinating labyrinth of back alleys. Continue to Corniglia, the only Cinque Terre town not located directly on the water. Enjoy the best views of the Cinque Terre from the town belvedere while exploring this enchanting medieval town. On the way back to Florence, make a stop in Pisa for stunning photos of the leaning tower in Piazza dei Miracoli. 

From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip with Lunch

7. From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip with Lunch

Explore the enchanting region of Cinque Terre. Visit four villages in total, suspended between sea and land, seemingly hanging from sheer cliffs and surrounded by hills and vineyards. When you arrive in the small village of Manarola there will be time to explore before taking the local train to Riomaggiore. Enjoy some free time here to walk around and admire the charming streets. Next, take a train to Monterosso, an ancient fishing village considered “the pearl of the Cinque Terre," with its enchanting beaches. Go swimming in the crystal-clear sea and enjoy a traditional light lunch. Continue by ferry to Riomaggiore and Vernazza and experience the intricate layout of this village with its narrow lanes and steep stairways. Continue to La Spezia, where the bus will be waiting to take you back to Florence.

From Porto Venere: Cinque Terre Villages Boat Tour

8. From Porto Venere: Cinque Terre Villages Boat Tour

Relax on an amazing boat trip from Portovenere to the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre. Swim in the clearest water of the Ligurian sea. Admire the views of the coastline of Liguria from the boat. Sail by landmarks such as St. Peter's church, the Red Cliffs, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. On the way back we will stop to swim in a beautiful cove called "Tramonti", where you can see typical Ligurian houses built on the cliffs.

From Florence: Cinque Terre Bus Tour

9. From Florence: Cinque Terre Bus Tour

Depart Florence and relax on the scenic journey to Manarola in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cinque Terre. Marvel at the typical case-torri (tower-houses) on arrival, and then continue to Vernazza, overlooked by the remains of a medieval castle. Get some free time to explore the village at your own pace. Next, discover the Pearl of Cinque Terre, the ancient fishing village of Monterosso, known for its lovely beaches and lush vegetation. Take an optional swim off a sandy beach, before crossing to Riomaggiore by boat. Admire the colorful Cinque Terre villages from the water. Use your free time in Riomaggiore to explore the historic town center at your own pace, and visit the church of Peter the Apostle on the rocky promontory. Return by train to La Spezia, where a bus will be waiting to take you back to Florence.

From Florence: Pisa and Cinque Terre Full-Day Tour

10. From Florence: Pisa and Cinque Terre Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day sightseeing and walking tour of Pisa and the Cinqueterre National Park on an excursion especially designed for independent travelers. Explore Ligurian Riviera, Riomaggiore, and Manarola with your guide, and try local produce and wines. You will first travel by train from Santa Maria Novella station in Florence. Stop for 2 hours at Pisa, home of the spectacular Piazza dei Miracoli, where you will see Pisa’s most significant attractions, including the Leaning Tower, Baptistry, Campo Santo, and Duomo di Pisa (Pisa Cathedral). Next, travel by local train from La Spezia station, on the Pisa to Genoa line, to Cinqueterre National Park. Known as the "Five Lands," Cinqueterre is a stunning cluster of villages famous for their scenic walking trails, gorgeous coastline, and sunny beaches. The next stop will be a visit to Riomaggiore. Two more villages will be visited Manarola and Vernazza, which is ideal for those who want to relax and lay on the beach. 

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What people are saying about Manarola

Overall rating

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based on 3,554 reviews

Our guides Chris & Ado were absolutely amazing! They were kind, knowledgeable and on top of everything! They kept track of each one of us and gave us great info and tips for each town we visited. You can tell these two have fun working together and are truly good people. Cinque Terre was beautiful. We opted out of the hike so we could have more time on the beach. The towns are colorful, picturesque and easy to explore. Lastly during the bus ride home our guides made the effort to talk to each of us to answer any questions we may have had. It was truly the best experience I’ve ever had with guides. I highly recommend this excursion.

Our tour man Marco was terrific, super knowledgeable, and kind. He was patient and very courteous. We saw so much in one day. We couldn’t get over how reasonable the cost was for an in-depth tour like this. By far is our best tour experience

Awesome, highly recommend! The tour guides were both so amazing and generous, as well as very clear with instructions. Got to see all 5 towns and had enough time at each.

Great tour with a wonderful guide. The drive there and back was long but the overall experience was very good.

Great Tour. Valerio is an excellent driver. shared his knowledge on Italian tradition , wine and food.