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Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

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Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to explore the beauty of Manarola a captivating town in Liguria: – Manarola is a small town in the Cinque Terre, a group of five fishing villages in Liguria, Italy. It is known for its colourful houses, fishing industry, wine-making and luminous nativity scenes. Manarola may be the oldest of the Cinque Terre towns, dating back to the Roman times. Its name is thought to derive from the Latin “magna rota”, meaning “large wheel”, referring to an ancient waterwheel that used to operate in the town. A replica of the wheel can be seen near the harbour. The town was once part of the powerful Republic of Genoa and had a castle and a watchtower to defend against pirates. The castle was destroyed in the 16th century, but the watchtower still stands on a hill above the town. The main square is Piazza Papa Innocenzo IV, named after the pope who was born in the town in the 13th century. Here you can find the Church of San Lorenzo, built in the same century and featuring a Gothic facade and a rose window. Next to the church is the Oratorio dei Disciplinati, a religious confraternity that dates to the 15th century. The oratory houses a collection of paintings and sculptures, as well as a wooden crucifix that is carried in procession during Easter. Manarola is famous for its wine, especially the sweet Sciacchetrà, which is made from dried grapes and has a high alcohol content. The wine is so prized that it was mentioned by Roman writers and poets, such as Pliny the Elder and Martial. The town is surrounded by vineyards, which are cultivated on terraces along the steep hillsides. The grapes are harvested by hand and carried in baskets to the wineries. You can taste the local wine and other products, such as olive oil, honey and pesto, in the many restaurants and bars in the town. One of the most popular attractions in Manarola is the Via dell’Amore, or the Way of Love, a footpath that connects the town with Riomaggiore, the next village in the Cinque Terre. The path is easy to walk and offers stunning views of the coastline and the sea. Along the way, you can see the “love locks”, padlocks that couples attach to the railings as a symbol of their eternal love. The path is also decorated with sculptures, murals and benches. The Via dell’Amore is part of the Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that preserves the natural and cultural heritage of the region. Manarola is a town that combines the beauty of nature, the charm of tradition and the creativity of art. It is a place where you can enjoy the simple pleasures of life, such as swimming, snorkelling, boating, hiking, eating and drinking. It is also a place where you can admire the works of painters, such as Antonio Discovolo, who captured the colours and atmosphere of the town in his paintings. Manarola is a town that will enchant you with its history, culture, attractions and legacy.

Manarola Stazione. (Photo 1) – Is a street in Manarola which runs from the outskirts of the village to Via Renato Birolli (Photos 2-3-4-5-10-11-12-13-14-15) – Piazza Papa Innocenzo IV is the main square of Manarola, a picturesque village in the Cinque Terre region of Italy. The square is named after Pope Innocent IV, who was born in Genoa, the capital of Liguria, the region where Cinque Terre is located1. The square features a 13th-century church dedicated to San Lorenzo, which houses a 15th-century polyptych, a type of painting with multiple panels. The square also has a bell tower that was once used as a defensive lookout against pirates. The square is a good starting point to explore the town and its attractions, such as the scenic viewpoint, the harbour, the old waterwheel, and the Via dell’Amore, a romantic footpath that leads to the neighbouring village of Riomaggiore. Piazza Papa Innocenzo IV is about a 10-minute walk from the waterfront of Manarola (Photos 6-7-8) – Via Ettore Cozzani is a street in Manarola which runs from opposite to the Chiesa di San Lorenzo to Via Antonio Discovolo (Photo 9) – Via Renato Birolli is a street in Manarola which runs from Via Antonio Discovolo to The harbour (Photos 16-17-18-19–20) – The harbour. (Photos 21-22-13-24)

Manarola Cuisine: – Manarola is a charming village in the Cinque Terre region of Italy, known for its colorful houses and scenic views. It is also a great place to enjoy some delicious local cuisine, especially seafood and pasta dishes. Here are some of the specialities that you can find in Manarola: – Cappun Magru: – This is a traditional Ligurian dish that consists of layers of fish, vegetables, eggs, cheese, and bread soaked in fish broth. It is baked in the oven and served with a green sauce made of parsley, garlic, anchovies, and olive oil. – Pesto: – This is a famous sauce made of basil, pine nuts, garlic, cheese, and olive oil, that originated in Liguria. It is usually served with pasta, such as trofie or trenette, but can also be used to flavor soups, salads, or sandwiches. You can find pesto in almost any restaurant in Manarola or buy it from local shops. – Focaccia: – This is a type of flatbread that is baked with olive oil, salt, and sometimes herbs, cheese, or olives. It is a common snack or appetizer in Manarola and can be eaten plain or with various toppings. – Seafood: – Manarola is a fishing village, so you can expect to find fresh and tasty seafood in many restaurants. Some of the popular dishes are grilled fish, seafood pasta, seafood salad, and fried anchovies. – Gelato: – This is a type of Italian ice cream that is creamy and rich in flavour. It is a perfect dessert for a hot day, or a sweet treat anytime.

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Photo Gallery of  Walk – Stazione to Past Via Renato Birolli
Approximately 0.69 km – 0.43 miles

The walk starts at the Stazione – Via Antonio Discovolo – Piazza Papa Innocenzo IV – Via Ettore Cozzani – Via Antonio Discovolo – Past Via Renato Birolli