The name almost certainly comes from Manium Arula, most likely a temple dedicated to hands (the souls of the dead). Its port is overlooked by a ledge which is often cluttered by boats that seem to be suspended at the foot of a handful of houses of a thousand shades. The hill rises upward and embraces the ledges full of vines....a dry wine, white, tangy like the sea, these are the "Cinqueterre". Things to see are the town square, San Lorenzo Church (1338) and opposite the church, the bell tower from the 1300s, used as a watchtower and for defense. If you are in Manarola during the Christmas season, don't miss Mario Andreoli's famous nativity scene on the hill.