Even though I would prefer to write pieces about places that are not well-traveled, a tourist trap if you will, I had to include this village. Known as one of the most charming and romantic of the Cinque Terre villages, these tiny multicolored houses wind up steep, narrow alleys near the shore. I have always loved the idea of this type of village with the picturesque houses, and little alleys, it really is a sight to see.
Complete with a boat ramp, and a piazza with seafood restaurants, but there’s so much more to see. Further up through the little village is the church of San Lorenzo buillt-in 1338 for both religion and community. If you plan on traveling to Manarola in August, check out the San Lorenzo feast that takes place on August 10th. On December 8, to the end of January, they light the biggest nativity in the world. You can find more information about this village and all it has to offer here at Trip Advisor. If you ever do go, take pictures and let us see.
In the village of Corniglia, one of the five villages in Cinque Terre, there is a gift shop that apparently goes by the name MG5Terre, at least that’s how it’s described on their Facebook page found Here. They have clothing, jewelry, etc. And it’s all artisan made.
Fanny’s bazaar is also in Corniglia, and is a great place to seek out hand crafted ceramics. The shop owner is Sondra Rhigelli, also the ceramic artist and from what some travelers say who have come across this shop, the ceramic pieces are bright and cheery. Information on hours, location, and telephone number can be found Here.
There are only a few restaurants in Manarola, mainly seafood, but also gelato. One of these fine restaurants is Il Porticciolo, known for its spaghetti with mussels and fried squid. You won’t find many little shops here, at least not ones that have been listed, but there is a pottery shop in Manarola called La Bottega dell’Artigiano. They used to have a Facebook page, but have since shut it down. When I googled this shop, I found a clothing shop, and a souvenir shop that wasn’t near Manarola, so unless they moved, that wouldn’t be the one we want. This is one of those places you have to be in Manarola to take a look at, since it’s such a small shop.
Photo credits // Hostel 5 Terre