A hamlet of Riomaggiore, Manarola is an ancient village on the Ligurian Riviera di Levante and is one of the Cinque Terre.
It is characterized by the typical colorful Genoese tower - houses that face one another on the main street, called via Discovolo, formed by the covering of the waterway. Among the five villages Manarola is the smallest one after Corniglia.
Manarola originated from the displacement of populations that from the Val di Vara and the Roman settlement of Volastra moved towards the sea to exploit its resources. You can't miss the main square, around which stand the Oratory of Disciplinanti, the bell tower and the Church of San Lorenzo, in gothic Genoese style and dating back to 1338.
Among the military architecture there is the castle, which was erected to provide for the protection of the village against the raids of Saracen pirates. Later, the central nucleus of the country developed around it.