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Cinque Terre
A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson


View of Manarola from north 2Anna Omelchenko/Shutterstock

Cinque Terre

40 views to photograph
Riomaggiore from south trailQQ7/Shutterstock
View of Manarola from north highSorin Colac/Shutterstock
View of Manarola from north high detailTessarTheTegu/Shutterstock
View of Manarola from north high detail 2Martin M303/Shutterstock
View of Vernazza from south trailSebastien Burel/Shutterstock
Saint Francis of AssisiGianfranco Negri/Wikipedia
View of Riomaggiore from south harboMartin Stiburek/Wikipedia
Facade of Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San FrancescoGianfranco Negri/Wikipedia
Manarola housesJps3/Wikipedia
Metal sculpture on Via dell’AmoreDaniel Stockman/Flickr
Riomaggiore steps to seaLuca Casartelli/Wikipedia
Street steps under bridge VernazzaȘtefan Jurcă/Wikipedia
Vernazza church looking upȘtefan Jurcă/Wikipedia
Vernazza from north trailChensiyuan/Wikipedia
View of Riomaggiore from the seaChensiyuan/Wikipedia
Aurora Tower, Monterosso al MareThérèse Gaigé/Wikipedia
Beach of Monterosso al Mare from eastMartin Stiburek/Wikipedia
Bridges over streets in Monterosso al MareSailko/Wikipedia
Church of Saint John BaptistThérèse Gaigé/Wikipedia
Church of San Lorenzo, ManarolaGroume/Wikipedia
Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San FrancescoClaudiocr/Wikipedia
Corniglia from westChensiyuan/Wikipedia
Manarola CampanileDavide Papalini/Wikipedia
Manarola villageLeon Petrosyan/Wikipedia
Monterosso al Mare from the seaEpicv27/Wikipedia
Monterosso al Mare Town HallDavide Papalini/Wikipedia
Oratory Monterosso al MareDavide Papalini/Wikipedia
Oratory of Satin Caterina over Largo TaragioFrancesco Basso/Wikipedia
Riomaggiore red house and stepsLuca Casartelli/Wikipedia
Via dell’AmoreAklyuch/Wikipedia
View of Vernazza from Doria CastleLuca Casartelli/Wikipedia
Church of Saint Pietro, CornigliaFrancesco Basso/Wikipedia
Corniglia from northDalem/Wikipedia
Manarola from northChensiyuan/Wikipedia
Monorack at RiomaggioreQuinncomendant/Wikipedia
View of Monterosso al Mare from further eastMartin Stiburek/Wikipedia
View of Monterosso al Mare from the eastDavide Papalini/Wikipedia
Vineyards near VolastraFlappleton/Wikipedia


Map of Cinque Terre

Map of Manarola and Riomaggiore


About PhotoSecrets



A great travel photo­graph requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to essentially re-invent the wheel.

In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

About Bob Krist

Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.


Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic views, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Flick through, enjoy the photos, and see which places inspire you. Get comp­osition ideas, lighting tips, and a brief history. It’ll be like traveling with a location scout and a pro-photo­grapher by your side.

The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. If you have any ides for improvements, please send me an email at

Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

About Andrew Hudson

Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

Andrew has published 15 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.


At a Glance

Name:Cinque Terre
GPS:44.128102, 9.712326
Translation:Five Lands
Villages:Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore

The Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia, and comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Over the centuries, people have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Part of its charm is the lack of visible corporate development. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside. The Cinque Terre area is a very popular tourist destination.

The villages of the Cinque Terre were severely affected by torrential rains which caused floods and mudslides on October 25, 2011. Nine people were confirmed killed by the floods, and damage to the villages, particularly Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare, was extensive.


















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