Postcard Snapshot #4: Manarola, Italy
Situated between Corniglia and Riomaggiore, the village of Manarola surprised me by offering more than I had expected, especially as the second-smallest town in the Cinque Terre. It was the last village that I visited on my trip, as I had taken the train over to Riomaggiore, then hiked over to Manarola from there with a Malaysian girl (let’s call her “Naomi”) whom I had met two nights before at a restaurant.
While the two villages (Riomaggiore and Manarola) aren’t as far apart from each other as the one between Monterosso and Vernazza, the trail is more challenging. Literally, you are climbing the face of the mountain, as the steps often times required a huge leg (and hand) up! Definitely was sweating like crazy at the end of it.
Made it to Manarola and explored the village. As we were arriving, I felt a bit disappointed at the aesthetics of it, as the houses didn’t appear to be as vibrant and colorful as the other villages’. However, my mind soon changed when we went into the town center, and saw the colorful houses looking out onto the sea. Naomi and I found a nice, baby-blue bench underneath the shade to soak it all in: the houses, the sea, the views of Italy. Got some gelato to go along with that, and all was good. 🙂
Look out for the final Cinque Terre post tomorrow! Ciao!
— The Finicky Cynic
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