Is there anywhere on the planet more photogenic than Italy? Ardent Italophiles would argue that there isn’t and a visit to the stunning region of the Cinque Terre offers compelling proof. For anyone who embarks on a Cinque Terre hike to visit the five villages linked by the coastal trail, it’s a case of once seen, never forgotten. |
But of course memories do fade, so in this day and age of smartphones and high-tech digital cameras there’s no excuse for not going home from a Cinque Terre hike with some absolutely fantastic images - whether it’s to take home a slice of Italy for friends and relatives who aren’t so fortunate, or simply to gain some bragging rights on Instagram. This very accessible area can be reached on a day trip from Florence, so it’s time to get snapping!
Top Spots to Snap a Photo on your Cinque Terre Hike
In truth it would be very difficult to take a bad photo in this spectacular part of the world, but there are some spots that are truly outstanding. Here are a few to start with, but you’ll no doubt find many of your own along the way.
Via Dell’ Amore
Yes, it might be the most clichéd stretch along the trail to take a photo, but there`s a very good reason for that. This one kilometre section between Riomaggiore and Manarola is a very easy walk, so there are plenty of opportunities to take pictures of the absolutely jaw- dropping views beyond the rugged cliffs and out to the horizon. If you’re travelling with a significant other, there’s no more romantic spot than “Lover’s Lane” to get busy with your camera.
Prato del Monte
While it takes a little bit of effort to get there, the views from Prato del Monte, above Corniglia, make it absolutely worth it for the photo. You’ll have to trudge uphill on a very steep pathway, but there’s ample space to rest and, even if you don’t make it to the top you’ll take in vistas that on a good day reach all the way to the coast of France.
A Portrait of Vernazza
As a backdrop to a selfie or a star in its own right, the fourth village along the trail, Vernazza is undeniably photogenic. With its gently curving natural harbour and array of elegant houses, the contrast of sea, sky and richly coloured buildings makes for an idyllic portrait and an evocative memory of a Cinque Terre hike.
A Deposed Giant at Monterosso
Despite unfortunate damage caused during WWII and the ocean, the statue of Neptune, God of the Seas (Statua del Gigante) that sits close to the Fegina beach in Monterosso, is still a powerful sight – and a wonderful and historic sculpture to capture in an image. The 14- metre statue, made by Italian sculptor Arrigo Minerbi in 1910, was originally commissioned to decorate the grand Villa Pastine, but today the mighty God of the Seas clings to a rocky cliff face – alas, without his arms.
The sites above are just a small taste of what awaits on a photographic exploration of this breath-taking and much-loved part of Italy. Along the famous trail, and in any of the five villages, you’ll find countless other opportunities to make and capture your own favourites.
Mauro Bramante is the Director of WalkAbout Florence, an independent business offering unforgettable tours and excursions around Italy including a magical Cinque Terre hike. Whether you want to ride a Vintage Vespa, try the famous Chianti wine or get cooking with fresh local ingredients, Mauro`s company promises excitement, adventure and above all, fun. If you`re keen to experience the magic of Italy with the help of some passionate and knowledgeable tour guides, look no further than WalkAbout Florence for your next getaway.
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