Hola Manarola!

Excuse the Spanish while I’m in Italy. It simply rhymes. 😉

I’m currently in Vernazza as I type this. This used to be a town that has endeared my heart, but it’s just overly crowded to appreciate it now.

Hence, I’m posting about Manarola instead. It’s just 2 stops away by train, between the Riomaggiore and Corniglia of the Cinque Terre towns.

We got there around 9:30am and it was just lovely. It wasn’t as crowded. 

The first order of the day: gelato. Of course. When in Italy, get as much gelato as your tummy can handle.

I had two scoops — a mix of vanilla and coffee. What an Italian breakfast treat indeed.

Behind the gelato is a view of the Ligurian Sea and.. well, sunbathing humans.

Go along further and you’ll have a breathtaking view of more sea and the other towns — Corniglia and Vernazza.

I love the view of water, but the beauty of flowers, in their simplicity, also captures my heart.

Aren’t those flowers such a display of beauty?

Parched from the rising heat of the sun, I prepared to exit the town with a fresh melon and peach smoothie made with rice milk.

It just took me less than 5 minutes to chug it down!

It was a lovely smoothie/gelato shop.

We stayed there for a good 2 hours to really just take in the good views of the sea. On this particular trip, Manarola wins over Vernazza.

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