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Photographer's Note

Manarola is about a one hour train ride from Pisa. The train will go through La Spezia, then through Riomaggiore, the first town of Cinque Terre, Italia.

It's a beautiful, quiet town with joyful people. In the other towns of Cinque Terre, you will meet plenty of young travelers being there for the party. In Manarola, it's more relaxed, less tourists and more people from the place.

If you're traveling there on shoestring, my advice is to book a room at Ostello Cinque Terre. When you get out of the tunnel coming from the train station, get uphill until you reach the church, it's just behind it. Everything is clean, joyful in the evening, but quiet during the night. The cuisine is good, especially coming form your hike in Cinque Terre's hiking trails...the chef makes excellent walnut sauce pastas!:D

Marvel at the beautiful pastel houses precariously wedged between two steep hills. From the main drag, they seem to loom over the crowds as if trying to catch the best view of the people below. Locals purchasing fruit from the small Co-Op, tourists gobbling fresh seafood at one of the cozy restaurants, and sunbathers competing for a spot at the sun-soaked harbor. My fondest memory of Manarola is sitting on those white rocks on the right and watching the sea, then the town, then the sea...with the sun going down on us and on the houses, giving them this reddish color cast...

Have a nice day,

Marc

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