Top 5 Photo Spots in Cinque Terre

Planning a trip to the colorful, magical destination of Cinque Terre? We've got the 5 best photo spots to consider.

Top 5 Photo Spots in Cinque Terre
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Cinque Terre

You have probably seen the iconic photos of bright buildings stacked upon a cliff side and thought to yourself - I want to visit that place one day. What you probably haven’t realized, if you’re like us, is that place called Cinque Terre is actually the name of the Italian region comprised of five separate towns spread across the coast.

So now planning your trip to Cinque Terre just got a little more complicated and a decision needs to be made – what town do I stay in or visit? "We have taken it upon ourselves to visit and report back on each of the five towns, so that you can come to your own conclusions.

Below are the five magical towns you must put on your photography bucket list:

5 Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre

Monterosso

By far the biggest of the towns, it offers the most restaurants, shops, and tourism.  There is an expansive promenade overlooking a pristine beach where you can lay out and swim in the salty clear blue Mediterranean.  Boat tours run out of their marina which we ended up deciding to do and highly recommend it if you have good weather and a full day.

5 Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre
5 Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre
5 Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre

Vernazza

Sit in the square overlooking the harbor and people watch in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Maybe even order yourself a big seafood lunch and carafe of wine and sit under the rainbow of buildings and umbrellas. This town also has a ruined castle and old church that are simply stunning.

5 Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre
5 Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre
5 Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre
5 Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre

Corniglia

Situated at the top of the cliff in the middle of the line of towns is this beautiful gem. Being the only town with out marina access, and considering the only way to get up there is either 33 flights of stairs, or to take a shuttle that runs every 20 minutes, it felt less touristy than the others but with some of the best views. You could look to the North and see Monterosso and Vernazza, then look to the South to Manarola and Riomaggiore. On top of that, this town has the most expansive remains of the vineyards that the Italians carved into the hills during Roman times.

5 Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre
5 Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre
5 Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre
5 Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre

Manarola

This is the town we stayed in and loved it. If you go past the swimmable marina you can keep going up on a path that gives you the perfect vantage point looking back at the fairytale-like city. Post up here for golden hour and watch the buildings turn even more colors against the sunset.

5 Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre
5 Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre
5 Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre

Riomaggiore

We found this to be one of the least crowded cities, which we definitely appreciated. It’s worth it to make it up the winding streets to the tiptop of the city and look down at it from across the valley.  Make your way back down to the marina and follow a path around the cliff-hanging trail that takes you to a beach that will make you feel like it’s someone’s secret that you just walked into. The beach is quite rocky but much less crowded than the bustle in Monterosso.

After visiting all five towns we’re pretty sure it’s impossible to pick our favorite, so we suppose you’ll have to just see them all!

5 Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre
5 Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre
5 Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre
5 Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre

Exploring this colorful pocket of wonder can be overwhelming to the senses. Stop and appreciate the details of this magical destination and take a boat to the middle of the ocean for even better views.

This place is on every person's bucket list.

Happy shooting!

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