Today, let’s do a quick Doorscursion through Manarola, one of the five cities on the chain in Cinque Terre! You can reach each city by train (a really fast one) in about 10 minutes each, by boat, or you can walk along the linked trails, which are part of the Cinque Terre National Park. We stayed at the tippy top of this small village and would walk down everyday to the harbor or train station. These are some of the doors I observed along the way! My favorite is the Pale Blue Shutter Door! Quite quirky, don’t you think? That entire building was quirky from the porthole windows to the cement gate pass through! What about that wrought iron railing made up of different finds? I liked the curlicues placed at the top of the cement arbor too!
Manarola may be the oldest of the villages in Cinque Terre, with the cornerstone of the church, San Lorenzo, dating to 1338. The name Manarola, is a form of the Latin words, “magna rota,” which means,”large wheel” in reference to the mill wheel in the village. Notice the bell above the church? As part of the history of the church, we learned that at one time the priest liked to ring the bell a lot, to remind the villagers to come to every Mass. The villagers pleaded with him to stop all the ringing, day and night, to no avail. The priest was found dead, murdered inside the church and the bell no longer tolls! No one was ever prosecuted for the murder either!
and narrow, twisty lanes……….
Steps going up and up!
Passages to get to other passages………
Tucked in gardens………
Most of the residents in Manarola are involved with the fishing or wine making industry. The local wine, Sciacchetrà, is well known, and the high quality of wine of the region was noted in Roman writings! The Cinque Terre National Park trails will have you trekking through many a vineyard. So explore, hike and enjoy the wines!
I hope you have enjoyed my Doorscursion and history today in Manarola, Italy!
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