We love Manarola - it feels so good arriving here, like the vacation just began, even when you’ve already been enjoying beautiful places. It’s less full of tourists, more rugged and makes you get some serious exercise just going up the streets and we love that. The shops are great and almost all of our food and lodging experiences have been great. For us, it’s the best place from which to begin hiking and enjoying the Cinque Terre. Take time to walk and explore the little streets too and to enjoy the views from the water, from Nessun Dorma, and from the trail to Volastra.