Thursday Doors: Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

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, Cinque Terre, Italy

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!

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

More doors……….

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

and narrow, twisty lanes……….

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Steps going up and up!

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Passages to get to other passages………

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Tucked in gardens………

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy
Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

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!

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy
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I hope you have enjoyed my Doorscursion and history today in Manarola, Italy!

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. Alison says:

    Loved this visit to Manaroka Cady, so pretty

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  2. What a fun doorcursion Cady! An interesting story on the bell ringing. And the wine too. Beautiful doors, and the narrow passages that much of Italy is known for always fascinate me.

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    1. You can’t go wrong with a beautiful place, the sea and WINE too! Cady

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  3. Just beautiful! The doors, the narrow passages and story about the priest and his church bell … it feels as if you’ve just taken me along on this scenic walk through Manarola 🌸.

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    1. All the five villages were very different too with their own vibes! Cady

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  4. wanderlustig says:

    Thank for sharing those wonderful pictures 😊. They remind me of our hiking holiday in the Cinque Terre. Our hotel in Levanto was also on the very top of the village. Tired after hiking up and down steps we had to climb up in the afternoon and after dinner… But I truly loved it there !

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    1. Yes, I know what you mean about those stairs and steps…..I had to buy better hiking shoes there too, because I was afraid of falling off those trails! Cady

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  5. Sheree says:

    Fab tour, thanks

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  6. restlessjo says:

    Love those pale blue shutters. And it’s all so very Italian! Fabulous 🙂 🙂 Happy April, Cady!

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    1. Happy April to you as well! Cady

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  7. Dan Antion says:

    That certainly is a quirky building, but it works.The church is beautiful. I’m sorry to hear about the priest, but we had a neighbor once who had a large set of wind chimes. I think I understand.

    I love the door set at an angle to the narrow path. It’s like they wanted to make it easy for you to get a good photo. I really like the decorative niche above the door.

    They certainly did make use of all the available space.

    Thanks for the history and for that last image of the water.

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    1. Yes, those chimes can be very annoying! I like them for a while, though! Yes, every little inch is used up here! Cady

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  8. Toonsarah says:

    I loved the Cinque Terre! We stayed in Riomaggiore and only visited Manarola once but it seemed one of the most attractive of the villages to me 🙂 Great choice for a ‘doorscursion’ 😀

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    1. MY favorite was Corniglia! Did you walk across the National Park to the other towns? When we were there they had just spent a year cleaning up after a huge and devastating flood and part of the trail had been washed away. So we hiked part way and trained it the rest! Cady

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      1. Toonsarah says:

        I liked Corniglia too. The only walk we did was from Riomaggiore to Manorola. Other wise we used the train or ferry 🙂

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  9. Sue says:

    Love ‘em!

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  10. A beautiful place, I like that first photo, too. So much to see in it and a lovely blue shutter. Fascinating story about the priest. I bet whoever lived in the house nearest the church was the guilty party.

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    1. Ha Ha! Probably! But from what they said they all HATED it! Cady

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  11. Junie-Jesh says:

    Although I “hate” the new block editor too, maybe you missed their announcement in the summer, that they would around Christmas go over completely to the block editor.Maybe you know you can buy the classic editor back, but it will cost you! In the summer already 3 million did that right away – to expensive for my pocket. Love the views you posted here! do you notice the images are bigger than before? Well, have a wonderful Easter – they can’t take that away from you! Jesh

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    1. No JJ I didn’t know any of that ! Thank you! I will check that out! Cady

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  12. Fishing and wine making sound like a great combination and with all the walking, who would put on weight? 🙂 I like the shot with the red flowers (roses?) growing up the side of the building and on the pole, but I enjoyed all the shots. Why do I suddenly have a pasta craving???

    janet

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    1. Yes, that is a climbing rose of some kind……I have seen so many red climbers all over Italy and they always are beautiful especially in their gorgeous weather! Cady

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  13. John Hric says:

    I like the alleyways that go with the doorways. Thanks

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  14. You can’t go wrong with doors in any Italian small town … but gotta love the villages in Cinque Terra.

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    1. Frank how have you been doing? I am playing catch up as usual! Cady

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