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Best Places for Photos and Videos in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre Holiday: Where to Capture the Most Beautiful Photos in Cinque Terre.

Have you come across stunning photos of Cinque Terre online or on postcards and wondered where these pictures were taken? We've marked the most Instagrammable spots on the map, and in this article, you'll find examples of photos and videos taken from these locations! Feel free to explore other pages on our website; we've shared over a hundred photos. By clicking on the photo details, you can pinpoint the exact location where it was taken!

On the "Photos on the Map" page, you can view all the photos on our website with markers indicating precisely where they were captured.

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All tourists first head to Vernazza's central square, but the most breathtaking view of Vernazza unfolds from the trails.

From the Azure Trail, Vernazza – Monterosso, you can capture the most unique village photos, as shown below. This spot is only a 5-10 minute walk away, but it is on a paid section of the trail, so you'll need to purchase the Cinque Terre Card if you want to take such photos.

Best spot on the trail to take photos of Vernazza, Cinque Terre
Best spot on the trail to take photos of Vernazza
View of Vernazza from the trail, Cinque Terre
View of Vernazza from the trail

If you follow the signs for "Trail to Corniglia," then, after a 5-minute climb up the steps, you'll see Vernazza from a completely different perspective. The paid Azure Trail starts a bit further down, so you can access this spot for free and capture such beautiful and panoramic photos.

The view of Vernazza from the trail to Corniglia, Cinque Terre
The view of Vernazza from the trail to Corniglia
View of Vernazza from the trail to Corniglia, Cinque Terre
View of Vernazza from the trail to Corniglia
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Along the Manarola waterfront, there's a trail that's always open and free, offering a famous panoramic view of Manarola. You can also head up to the most panoramic bar in Cinque Terre - Nessun Dorma; you can find more details about it on the "Manarola" page. Next to the bar, there's a platform where you can take similar photos without visiting the bar.

The best view of Manarola, Cinque Terre
The best view of Manarola
Nessun Dorma Bar with best view of Manarola, Cinque Terre
Nessun Dorma Bar with best view of Manarola

In December and January, Manarola hosts one of the most famous and largest nativity scenes (Presepe) in the world. You can find detailed information about it and where to photograph it on this website: "The Nativity Scene in Manarola (Presepe) - www.bestofcinqueterre.com".

Christmas Nativity Scene (Presepe), Manarola, Cinque Terre
Manarola
Christmas Nativity Scene (Presepe)
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Upon exiting the train station, head straight for the tunnel leading to Riomaggiore's central street. Right there, you'll find another tunnel leading to the waterfront, and it's from this spot that you'll capture the most stunning and breathtaking views of the village's colorful houses.

Colorful houses in the harbor, Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre
Riomaggiore
Colorful houses in the harbor
View of the village from the harbor, Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre
Riomaggiore
View of the village from the harbor

Additionally, you can climb the narrow streets of Riomaggiore to its castle at the top of the hill. This path will take about 10 minutes, and from here, you can capture beautiful photos and videos of Riomaggiore from above.

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Take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront from the train station to the historical center of the village, where you'll find a couple of interesting and photogenic spots. Additionally, the village looks incredibly beautiful from the start of the Azure Trail Monterosso – Vernazza. The trail entrance is further down, so you can explore this area without the need for the Cinque Terre Card.

Bar in Monterosso near the beach, Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre
Monterosso al Mare
Bar in Monterosso near the beach
View from the Blue Trail Monterosso - Vernazza, Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre
Monterosso al Mare
View from the Blue Trail Monterosso - Vernazza
Beginning of the Blue Trail Monterosso - Vernazza, Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre
Monterosso al Mare
Beginning of the Blue Trail Monterosso - Vernazza
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You can capture a photo with the village in the background only from the Azure Trail Corniglia – Vernazza. However, within the village itself, you'll find many interesting spots where you can take pictures against the backdrop of narrow streets, a small central square, or the Cinque Terre coastline by reaching the panoramic viewpoint at the end of the central street. For more details, visit the "Corniglia" page.

Bar in the middle of the Blue Trail between Corniglia and Vernazza, Cinque Terre
Corniglia
Bar in the middle of the Blue Trail between Corniglia and Vernazza
View from the observation deck in Corniglia, Cinque Terre
Corniglia
View from the observation deck in Corniglia
Lookout at Corniglia, Cinque Terre
Corniglia
Lookout at Corniglia
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If you visit Portovenere, we recommend taking a boat to the island of Palmaria and capturing a few photos from the island, which is located right across from the village. Boats operate year-round, and tickets cost just a couple of euros. Local companies don't have an online presence, so simply come to the waterfront and purchase a ticket for the next available boat; there are plenty of them here.

Within the village itself, tourists often photograph the Church of San Pietro. To do this, you can climb up to Portovenere Castle for a panoramic view from above.

View of Portovenere from Palmaria island, Cinque Terre
Portovenere
View of Portovenere from Palmaria island
View of the Church of San Pietro from Castello Doria, Portovenere, Cinque Terre
Portovenere
View of the Church of San Pietro from Castello Doria

The Way of Love, connecting Riomaggiore and Manarola, is the most famous trail in the park. If it's open, be sure to take a stroll along it; you'll discover many beautiful photo spots!

Text printed from www.cinqueterre.holiday website