Thursday Doors: April 21, 2016
Today for Thursday Doors we are in Manarola, one of the five villages in Cinque Terre, Italy. 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 first 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 curly ques placed at the top of the cement arbor too. The walkway was narrow so I could get up close and personal to study all the finds near this door!
Manarola may be the oldest of the villages in the Cinque Terre, with the cornerstone of the church, San Lorenzo, dating to 1338. The name Manarola is a form of the latin worlds “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 Mass. The villagers pleaded with him to stop all the ringing, day and night, to no avail. The priest was found murdered in the church and the bell no longer tolls! No one was ever prosecuted for the murder either!
In the picture above one could jump out the window, scoot across the walkway and be gone on the next roof!
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 wine of the region was noted in Roman writings! The only way to get around the five villages is by train, boat or the hiking trails in the hills and vineyards above the towns, which makes up the Cinque Terre National Park. To read another post about Manarola look Here. You can collect charms that represent each village in the Cinque Terre, to make a bracelet or necklace. To find out how to get the Cinque Terre Charms look Here!
What’s your favorite Door ?
This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0! Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?
22 Responses to “Thursday Doors: April 21, 2016”
Ooh,your door is fabulous! What a lovely set of photos. I really love the narrow street. I would love to visit here.
I think you would really like Cinque Terre! Could you sail there?
Is it on the coast? What is the nearest big city?
Yep! It’s on the coast, close to La Spezia. Lots of places to moor a boat, I’d think!
I’m definitely going to check this out….
Beautiful photos – great doors. I love the green shutters that pop out at the bottom.
Yes I liked that too!
I love them all, can’t pick a favourite. Great bit of history attached to that church, too. Well, not great for the murdered priest. 😮
Thanks Jean! Looking forward to your door today!
Mind your head if you go inside. 😉
What totally fascinating doors. That was a rather abrupt way to stop the priest ringing the bell, but it obviously worked.
Yes it did!
I love them all, but my favorite is the third one, with a place to sit and sip in front. I’ve heard of these five villages/towns and I can see from your photos why people take the time and effort to visit them. As for the priest, I guess John Donne’s words apply to well: “Ask not for whom the bells tolls, it tolls for you.” 🙂
Gorgeous shots and wonderful doors, I can’t pick a fave. Cinque Terre is probably the next place we visit in Italy and if I show this post to my wife it will be the next trip we take, period 😀
Trust me you will really enjoy Cinque Terre! Be sure to stand back from the train though it flies through there! AND be sure to get on the correct train between the villages. Some trains do not stop at every village, just some of them and then off they go! The only time I got a ticket on the train was in Cinque Terre, I got on the fast train in error. 100 euro fine each! Right on the spot! Ouch!
Lovely. I particularly love the yellow home with the red flowering vine. That is a stunning capture. 🙂
Yes, that was one of my favorites too!
Wow, you hit the Door Jackpot! Great doors and village! I liked the open green shutters too.
Wonderful! Another location that is on our ‘bucket list’ to visit! Thank you for sharing 🙂
I love it! I have yet to visit that part of Italy but it’s on my list and I will get to it eventually.