Cinque Terre

Vino Delle, Cinque Terre, Italy

Picture perfect shops like this ones exist everywhere in the cliff towns around Cinque Terre, Italy. This one was uptown in Manarola, one of the 5 cliff towns along the coast of the Ligurian Sea in the Northwest region of Italy. We’ve spent alot of time in Italy over the years, and Cinque Terre sits high on the list as one of our favorite places to visit. I’m sure if you visit, it will be on the top of your list. Put it on your bucket list and check this one off. Take your hiking shoes, because it is one of the most scenic hikes you will ever take.

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Vino Delle in Cinque Terre, ItalyDave Morgan-Creative Commons

Vino Delle in Cinque Terre, Italy
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Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy

I thought I would take advantage of the wild flowers growing out of the cliffs in Riomaggiore, as the storm clouds grew above the town. It ‘s quite impressive how the “cliff towns” of Cinque Terre” are carved out of the sides of the mountain that ends in the Ligurian Sea. All the homes and businesses are painted in different pastel colors. A very magical place that has enjoyed tourist for hundreds of years. For photographers and artist, it’s a unique and special wonderland.

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Wild Flowers,Riomaggiore,Italy
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Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy-Overlook

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I would have to say that Vernazza, Italy is probably on the top of the list for photographic vistas anywhere in the world. To climb up the steep cobblestone pathways to your own little spot, before the crowds show up at sunset, and to share that spot with a dozen other photographers is quite intoxicating. People around you from all parts of the world converging on this famous cliff-side town, all wanting the same thing..a moment frozen in time to hold onto for a lifetime. I happen to be standing next to a commissioned photographer from Japan who had a dream job. He travelled the world testing new cameras for Sony, Canon and Nikon and got paid for it. Who wouldn’t want to do that. This guy was pulling out cameras like a gunfighter pulling a pistol out of a holster. It was quite exciting to watch him juggle between shots knowing he only had a few minutes with the golden sunset.

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Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

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The picturesque cliff-towns along the Ligurian Sea make up an area called Cinque Terre. Five towns along the Italian riviera welcome visitors to a unique world of discovery that dates back a 1000 years. More Americans are showing up here to spend a week hiking the trails that hug the coastline for some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Breathtaking views at every turn and with the train going between each of the towns every 10 minutes, when you get tired of hiking, grab a train and you’re back to your hotel in a flash.

During the days in Cinque Terre, we would scope out vistas to photograph at sunset, and then return to grab the shot. Afterwords we would sit out at one of the local restaurants and enjoy a meal under the stars. The weather for us was perfect and the fall is a great time to visit. Crowds are less and rooms are much cheaper. You need a week to really do this place right. And my suggestion is stay in a little beach town close by called Levanto.

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy
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Cliff Towns of Cinque Terre, Italy

Manarola is one of the 5 cliff towns that hover over the Ligurian Sea in northern Italy’s Italian Riviera. This place is magical with it’s pastel colored buildings hanging from the vertical hills. It’s part of a National Park with hiking trails between each town. You can’t really drive in these small towns, but a train seems to stop every 20 minutes to take you to the next town. We stayed in Levanto and commuted to each town to photograph and enjoy where ancient Romans use to vacation. East of the Cinque Terre, a town called Levanto is a great place to stay with everything Italy has to offer; great restaurants ,B&B’s, beaches, shops, parks and tree-lines streets all tucked in a picturesque cove.  Check it out on Google Earth.

This HDR shot was a walk half-way through town. Had to move trash cans and and as usual patiently wait for tourist to finish enjoying the spot before I could shoot. Part of the job. But what better place to just hang-out enjoying the moment.

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Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy
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