Manarola is a village or commune of Riomaggiore in the province of La Spezia, Liguria, Italy. It is the 2nd smallest village in Cinque Terre, with a population of only 353 and may be the oldest of the 5 villages, with the church cornerstone dating from 1338.
In fact, this village is so small and the streets are so steep, it must have been difficult to find a large enough flat spot to build the town piazza or square. As you enter the town from the station tunnel, you must walk up some stairs to the piazza, then down the other side into town.
Someone has figured out how to get a comfortable spot away from the tourists.
The village is very small and you soon reach the waterfront.
From the waterfront, we opted to walk along the shore up the hill, thinking we might take the hill walk back to Riomaggiore.
It was another gorgeous day and the tourists and locals alike were out enjoying the water.
As we reached the top and decision time for the walk, darkling shadows began to gather and we soon heard distant thunder. Nothing worse than being out on a hillside during a thunderstorm. Things settled down and I was just starting to say “I don’t hear any more Thund…” when the loudest clap of thunder yet reverberated directly above us. I guess someone upstairs was giving us a sign.
We headed back down into the village and to the train. As we boarded the train, the rain started and by the time we hit Riomaggiore, it was bucketing down. We had to wait in the tunnel for a bit until it slowed down.