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Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy

The Cinque Terre (“five lands”) is made up of five hillside villages and stunning cliffs plunging into the Mediterranean Sea. Seeming simply to be clinging to the rocky slopes above the sea the villages are surrounded by terraces dug into the mountainsides. There, terraced vineyards, olives and other vegetation do exceptionally well in the Mediterranean sunshine. Walking up and down the hillsides and through these terraces can be a bit treacherous due to recent landslides, but the views are spectacular. The Cinque Terre region of Italy is a national park consisting of around twelve miles of coast and surrounding mountainsides. Cinque Terre has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Access to the towns is mainly by train or boat (small ferry) and once in the towns, by foot. Small trucks are permitted to make deliveries very early in the morning and we only saw those because we got up before sunrise to take photographs. I was not quite prepared for all the steps and steep slopes but I soon shed several pounds of camera gear and that made the going easier. Most of my Cinque Terre photographs were shot with my new Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera which is extremely light and thankfully arrived on my doorstep a few days prior to my leaving. I can’t say enough good things about this camera.

Riomaggiore is the nearest village to La Spezia and is the unofficial capital of the Cinque Terre. The railway line divides the town into two parts: the lower fishing village and marina, and the upper village made up of hotels, churches and restaurants. Via Columbo is the name of the main street which is a steep sloping street running from the sea to the surrounding terraces.


Boats taken out of the marina in preparation for a storm, Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy


Colorful houses along the marina in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy


View of the Ligurian Sea and the Via della Amore Trail from the platform of the Riomaggiore train station, Cinque Terre, Italy


Staircase leading down to the marina in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy


Grocery store on the steep main street Via Columbo in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy


Starfish tile mosaic in the tunnel from Riomaggiore to the train station, Cinque Terre, Italy


Tunnel from Riomaggiore to the train station, Cinque Terre, Ialy. The local trains stop in Levanto, Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore and La Spezia making it the best way to get around Cinque Terre.


Long exposure of waves splashing on the rocky shore of Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy


Long exposure of sea and clouds in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy


Terraced vineyards on the coastline south of Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy


Laundry hanging in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy


Street in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy


Vicolo Della Valle in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy


Cinque Terre shoreline long exposure near Riomaggiore, Italy


Long exposure and view of the colorful houses of Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy


View inside the Church of San Giovanni Battista of Riomaggiore, built in 1340 by Antonia Fieschi, Bishop of Luni, Cinque Terre, Italy


View of the ogival archs inside the Church of San Giovanni Battista of Riomaggiore, built in 1340 by Antonia Fieschi, Bishop of Luni, Cinque Terre, Italy


Colorful houses and boats in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy


Colorful houses and boats in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy


I used the Topaz Studio AI ReMix plugin on my photograph of colorful houses above the marina just before sunrise in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy. It is an interesting filter that is fun to use to create “painterly” effects. This filter captured some of the magic of the hillside village of Riomaggiore.


Waves splashing on the rocky shore of Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy


View of the hillsides of Cinque Terre, Italy


Steps in Riomaggiore at night, Cinque Terre, Italy


View of the Mediterranean Sea and all five towns in Cinque Terre, Italy at night

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The Hillside Village of Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy


Sunset in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy


Sunset on Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy


Cat looking out at the Ligurian Sea from the streets of Manarola, Cinque Terra, Italy


Trenitalia train going into the tunnel at the Manarola train station, Cinque Terre, Italy


Street scene in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy


Dog water fountain, Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy


Waves crashing over the rocky shore of Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy


Moon over the Manarola marina just before sunrise, Cinque Terre, Italy


People taking iPhone photos of the sunset along the Cinque Terre coastline on the Via dell’Amore, Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy


Sunset on Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy


A plaque marking the home of Eugenio Montale, the 1975 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy


Trenitalia Cinque Terre train at the Manarola station, Cinque Terre, Italy


San Lorenzo Church, Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy


Store in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy


Street scene in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy


Cat asleep in the streets of Manarola, Cinque Terra, Italy

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Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy

Monterosso al Mare is the westernmost town in Cinque Terre and it is the largest. It is in the province of La Spezia which is part of the region of Liguria in Northern Italy. The Spiaggia di Fegina beach in Monterosso was well used on the October day we visited. It is a beautiful beach with large sandy pebbles and a very rocky shoreline. The walk from the train station was short and didn’t require many steps unlike several of the other Cinque Terre towns. The Mediterranean Sea is quite beautiful and people were enjoying themselves swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear blue water.


Spiaggia di Fegina, the beach at Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy

Originally Monterosso was only accessible by sea or by mule paths that connected the villages of the Cinque Terre. These mule paths have been maintained and used over the centuries and now provide hikers with a wonderful view of the sea and the towns of Cinque Terre. Because of recent landslides many areas are now blocked off and you can’t walk on the paths. Hopefully these paths will be restored as the best way to see these towns is from the winding paths through the hillside.


Spiaggia di Fegina, the beach at Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy

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