Cinque Terre - Itinerary


This is a sample itinerary, our itineraries are subject to change depending on weather and other circumstance beyond our control. Changes in the itinerary are always made to provide our guests the best possible experience, in a secure and professional way.


Day One

This Cinque Terre Photo Tour starts and finishes in Varnazza (option to meet at La Spezia Train Station early afternoon). The charming village Varnazza will be our base for the next 4 nights. We will meet and greet with the rest of the group at 4pm in the hotel lobby, go through a quick orientation and discuss the next 4 days’ agenda. We’ll also give a short tutorial on correct exposure and the use of the camera’s histogram to get the perfect shot every time.

If the conditions for sunset and twilight photography are good, we will have an early dinner, and then we'll make our way up the mountain, so that we can arrive in time to our shooting spot to watch the sunset over the Mediterranean Sea and capture the ‘blue hour’. It is only a short hike up the hill to this gorgeous view point overlooking the mesmerising Italian Riviera, and towering directly above the town's photogenic little fishing harbour which offers a stellar anchor point for a wonderful composition. This is a magical place to photograph the sunset and blue hour.


Day Two - Four

For those who wish to experience the early light, Martial will take you to a pre-breakfast session. There are some great photo opportunity close by, the town is peaceful at this time of day, the air is fresh and the morning light is just magical!

After breakfast, we will make our way by train to a different part of Cinque Terre, and each day we'll explore another village.

We will spend 4 magical days visiting the iconic ‘Five Lands’ of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso located in the Italian region of Liguria. All 5 villages are car free and are  connect by walking trails, trains, and boats, it is a great way to commute between locations and getting away from crowds. 

Mid-day will provide opportunities for photography in the interior of the villages. This is a good time to find open shade for photographing the architectural facades. We will also use the mid-day hours for photo critiques and photography one-on-one guidance. We will personally help you capture the best possible images during our Cinque Terre photography workshop and show you the best techniques to shoot any type of subject in different light conditions: sunrise, sunset, midday, twilight, night, etc.

Every day, we will have breakfast at our hotel and have a big meal at dinner in one of the local Italian restaurants. Northern Italian food is delicious, so this will also be one of the highlights of this Cinque Terre photo tour. During the day, we will eat light, grab a freshly made sandwich or a brochette on a terrace, etc. to maximise our time for photography.

As we will be doing a lot of sunset and evening blue hour photography, with all this low-light photography, a good tripod is essential. 


Day Five

This tour ends after breakfast. Easy public transportation to both La Spezia Train Station to Pisa and Florence or Milan via Genoa is available.


A perfect add-on before your Cinque Terre PHOTO TOUR is our ITALIAN DOLOMITES, VENICE PHOTO TOUR or join us on our 7-DAY TUSCANY IN THE SPING PHOTO TOUR.