After visiting the first town in the Cinque Terre on our itinerary, I (somewhat boldly) decided that I would write a post featuring my favourite photo of each town.
At the time, I had absolutely no idea how difficult that task would be. However, something about the challenge has since made the idea appeal even more…
So without further ado, here are five photos: my favourites of the photos I took of each town.
You can find more of my photos from the Cinque Terre here.
Monterosso al Mare
Coming from Milan in the North, this town is the first that you reach. It is the biggest town and fairly flat.
Why I chose this photo: While I loved the winding narrow streets of Monterosso, I went for this shot of Alessandro, because I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere with water so clear.
The beach: Monterosso has the only decent beach of the five towns.
Churches: Monterosso has two big churches in its old town.
Heading North-South, Vernazza is the next town. The poster child of the region, Vernazza is beautiful but swarming with tourists.
Why I chose this photo: Vernazza is such a photogenic town, it’s almost impossible to take a bad photo. We took this on a walk up the hills of vineyards, and while it isn’t quite the iconic shot everyone sees (as shown on Vernazza’s Wikipedia page), it’s a shot I loved the minute I captured it – and it’s mine, not just my version of the same old shot.
Views: Vernazza has a hilltop castle which has great views over the town.
Harbour: Vernazza has a beautiful open harbour, great for taking photos, or even snorkelling.
Sitting high atop a cliff, Corniglia is the only town which cannot be reached by boat. With limited time on our trip, this is the only village we didn’t get to see. Though we did get some snaps from the boat as we sailed past.
Often described as the most ‘rustic’ of the towns, Manarola is picturesque perfection. Easily my favourite town, it has a much quieter, chilled vibe.
Why I chose this photo: There are so many photos of Manarola that I love, but to me, this shot is just the most perfect view.
Peace: this village seems to get far fewer tourists than the others.
Views: Manarola easily has some of the best views in the Cinque Terre.
People watching: divers love the town’s rocky harbour for entertaining tourists.
The southernmost village, Riomaggiore is also popular with tourists, and therefore has a lot to offer.
Why I chose this photo: This red building at the village’s entrance is so striking, I really liked it. Such a dark red isn’t found elsewhere in the Cinque Terre.
Restaurants: Riomaggiore has a lot of restaurants and it seemed perfect for evenings
Shops: Lots of tourists mean lots of shops.
Alleyways: It’s said that all roads in Riomaggiore lead to the sea and there are plenty of roads to explore on your way back to the boat.
What do you think of my choices?