In Cinque Terre you will be hiking the grape orchards and olive groves above the Mediterranean Sea. Manarola is easily reached by hiking from Riomaggiore, From Manarola you hike higher into the hills and can look down on the five tiny villages tucked into the rocks between the beach and the steep hills.
Cinque Terre describes these five fishing villages that have resisted progress for a thousand years and still live by simple grape growing, fishing, and the harvesting of olives. The trail from Manarola to Corniglia you will pass Terraces of orchards and vineyards.
While hiking above the villages on the steep hills, you see the Mediterranean Sea below each town from the necklace of trails that connects the olive groves and vineyards.
Manarola is quieter than the two popular towns for lodging Riomaggiore and Monterosso al Mare.
A road leads into the village and there is a large parking lot above the village.
There is not much to do in this Cinque Terre village but hike the trails during the day and in the evening, dine on pesto and olives, and fish from the daily harvest while drinking the local white wine and watching Mediterranean sunsets over the Sea.
Cinque Terre's next village to the north from Riomaggiore, Manarola, is only a half hour walk from Riomaggiore on the Via dell' Armore walking trail
The village of Manarola sits high above the water on a rock promontory with terraced vineyards inland from the village. From the village you can take a mountain path to the high village of Volastra for a lofty view of the Mediterranean Sea.
The village of Manarola has a notable 12th century church, San Lorenzo built in 1338.
From Manarola you can continue north for a hike to the village of Corniglia.
Corniglia will be the third of the five villages as you head north along the Mediterranean coast. Corniglia has two small beaches at each side of the village. For those that prefer not to hike, the railway line connects the village. The shuttle boat does not reach Corniglia.
Notable in Corniglia is the Church of San Pietro reportedly built in 1334.
If you are flying into Rome for a trip to Manarola or the other villages of Cinque Terre you can count on the temperature being warm year round. You can keep your wardrobe simple hiking gear. Keep in mind that there are steep climbs everywhere including the steps to hour lodging. Travel light.
Rome is a sophisticated city and could require formal dress in some restaurants (Necktie suit jacket, dress)
Cinque Terre will be casual dress throughout.
Rome has a climate similar to the mid USA at sea level, cool Dec. Jan. 40s but no ice or snow, warm summers, June July August, 80s possible light rain in Spring.
Cinque Terre is north of Rome on the Mediterranean Coast south of Genoa.