24 Photos to Make You Want to Visit the Cinque Terre

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Coloured caruggi buildings in Genoa

The Cinque Terre is a photographer’s dream with its five colourful villages, dramatic coastal scenery and spectacular sunsets. Don’t just visit for the photo ops – the food is to die for!

The only problem is that you won’t be alone in admiring the scenery, the Cinque Terre tends to be densely packed with tourists.

I loved it so much I’ve written a bunch of posts with all my best tips:

5 Days Hiking in the Cinque Terre

How to Escape the Crowds in the Cinque Terre

Visiting the Cinque Terre on a Budget

The Cinque Terre: All the Practical Info You Need

But it’s not just the Cinque Terre and surrounding National Park that will have you reaching for your camera, the whole coastline (known as the Italian Riviera) is dotted with incredibly scenic beach towns and villages, and big port city Genoa has its fair share of cobbled ochre streets. So I encourage you to explore the wider area. A few of these photos are from Portovenere and Levanto, towns on either side of the Cinque Terre and well worth a visit.

Enticing waters in Manarola, Cinque Terre

Scooter in Genoa Pretty green-shuttered windows casting a shadow Steps down to the sea in the Cinque Terre Rose coloured buildings in Riomaggiore Portovenere sea arch Pretty Portovenere harbour with boats Sunlight glimmers on the sea in Monterosso A waterfront villa in Levanto Kite flying in Portovenere castle Laundry hanging in PortovenereBlue boats in the Cinque Terre Boats in Riomaggiore harbour Alleyway down to the sea in Portovenere

Sun going down over Manarola

Pretty green door in Vernazza, Italy Sea rocks near Portovenere Cat in Corniglia Glistening sea in the Cinque Terre Trees against sunset in Manarola Flip flops on the rocks in Manarola Archway to the sea in Levanto Smart wooden boats in Portovenere

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Nooks and crannies of the Cinque Terre through the lens of my camera. The best of the rest of my travel photos.
Nooks and crannies of the Cinque Terre through the lens of my camera. The best of the rest of my travel photos.


  1. 5th April 2017 / 1:44 am

    Cinque Terre looks gorgeous!

    • 12th April 2017 / 3:32 pm

      The Italians are just so good at making pretty places 🙂

  2. 14th April 2017 / 5:10 pm

    Your photos are amazing Steph, you really capture the essence of this place. Thanks for sharing your adventures.

  3. 15th April 2017 / 5:16 am

    Cinque Terre is indeed lovely. The photos you took looked like something that is being exhibited in a museum.

    • 20th April 2017 / 9:24 am

      Shucks, thanks Jill!

  4. 16th April 2017 / 12:00 pm

    I am ABSOLutely blown by the kind of pictures you have taken as they truly reflect the lifestyle in Cinque Terre. Good job!

    • 20th April 2017 / 9:19 am

      Thanks for your kind words, I really appreciate it.

  5. 12th November 2017 / 2:21 pm

    This is a great idea for the bazillion photos I take, but never put into an article. Good job!

    • 12th November 2017 / 5:55 pm

      I had so many left over, and the photos from that trip make me so happy to look back on!