Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

Photographing the Cinque Terre

and the Surrounding Region

Rows of pastel-colored houses, ancient little churches, marinas where only the tiniest of boats can moor, steep cliffs covered with pristine vegetation or converted during the centuries–by the bare hands of generations–to narrow terraces held together by hundreds of kilometers of dry stone walls where grapes grow under a loving sun.

Welcome to the Cinque Terre, one of the locations most sought-after by photographers along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Living close to it and having been to the Cinque Terre and to the surrounding area many times, I have become intimately familiar with this part of the world. I have been leading many photography tours and workshops there in recent years and you are welcome to check out whether there is one planned in the future, on my photo tours page.

I’d be more than happy if you decided to join me on one of my tours, but I can appreciate if that is not possible, because our dates do not coincide or you don’t have the necessary budget at the moment. You might still have a desire to visit and photograph the Cinque Terre on your own, however.

In this case, this booklet was made for you. In it, I have collected some recommendations about the best locations for photography in the Cinque Terre, the times of the day to catch the best light, and directions on how to reach them. The book covers Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. In addition, two bonus chapters cover Camogli and the Gulf of Poets, with Portovenere and Tellaro.

I hope that, with this book in your pocket, you can make the most of even a short trip to one of the most photogenic places on Earth. In any case, keep in mind that this is just a short list of only the most spectacular locations for wide vistas. There is a lot to photograph there that is much more intimate and that is often accessible simply by walking around the streets and alleys of those towns: laundry hanging against a dilapidated wall, colorful little boats taken ashore, flowers, quaint shops and hundreds of locals who are, for the most part, friendly and hospitable and won’t say no to a polite request for a photo.

And when you finally put down the camera, you can enjoy the extraordinary food and wines produced in this region. What’s not to like?

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Camogli, Liguria, Italy

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