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Manarola is a jewel of the Cinque Terre, built on a rock about 70 meters high, with steep and narrow alleys and with colorful houses overlooking the sea. The characteristic part of the village starts from an elevated square and reaches a panoramic balcony on the cliff, along Via Belvedere. Take a few more steps, along the blue path towards Corniglia, and, behind you, you can immortalize the beauty of this splendid village.
It will also be interesting to see the Church of San Lorenzo, dating back to the fourteenth century, and its Bell Tower. Centuries ago there was also a castle, to protect the small town, but today only the foundations remain, which blend with the rock overlooking the sea.
Very well known is the Via dell'Amore, an easy and approximately one kilometer long route that connects Manarola to Riomaggiore, along a cliff overlooking the sea. However, a landslide in 2012 interrupted the route, which is still closed to the public.
There is another very beautiful path to Riomaggiore, longer and with a greater difference in height than the Via dell'Amore. The route is, however, advisable in the opposite direction, because the crossing will be even more panoramic. Furthermore, on a hill next to Manarola, you will be able to see the silhouettes of the largest luminous nativity scene in the world, which is illuminated every year from the beginning of December to the end of January.
Another very beautiful route is the blue path that leads to Corniglia, just over two kilometers long. This starts from the balcony at the end of Via Belvedere, along a path that runs along the cliff, beyond which you can already see Corniglia in the distance. The path runs along a cliff overlooking the sea, up to the vicinity of Corniglia, passing under the vineyards that surround Volastra, cultivated on terraces held by dry stone walls, which reach four hundred meters above the sea level.