The narrow valley offers little space, so the houses are densely stacked one above the other. A street, called Via Discovol, runs through the village from the top of the village with a barrier to the rock above the sea. A path carved into the rock connects the town center with the ship landing stage. Traditionally, people in Manarola also lived from fishing. But the steep coast has no place to store the fishing boats. The fishing boats are pulled out of the bay with the help of a cable winch from the sea to a height of over 15 m. The boats lie in the middle of the only street Via Birolli and the flow of visitors winds past them. The additional work for the fishermen offers a welcome exciting spectacle for tourists.
The main square of Manarola is located above the settlement with the church of San Lorenzo, the bell tower and the Oratorio dei Disciplinati. Manarola’s Castello, once a protective wall against the Saracens, has been restructured over time for private living purposes. The last part of Via Belvedere is a kind of balcony high above the sea.