Top 10 Cinque Terre Instagrammable Photo Spots (with map locations!)

August 2, 2023

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couple photo shoot in Vernazza Cinque Terre

Italy never ceases to amaze me, and our recent Italian summer trip through eight captivating cities continues to inspire us! One place truly stole our hearts – Cinque Terre – walking through the cinque terre villages is like a fairy tale!

This UNESCO World Heritage site, also known as the Cinque Terre National Park, is a costal paradise with five charming colorful villages clinging to dramatic cliffs. It’s about capturing those memories in photos that will forever transport you back to that moment, gelato in hand, with the sparkling Mediterranean Sea stretching out before you!

Imagine strolling through these colorful villages, each a masterpiece in its own right, and knowing exactly where to stop and snap that perfect Cinque Terre photo. We’ve got you covered. From hidden gems along the walking trails to iconic viewpoints overlooking the entire coastline, this guide will ensure your Cinque Terre photo book reflects the magic you experienced. So, ditch the worry of missing that postcard-perfect view. Read on for the best travel photography locations so you can remember your Cinque Terre trip forever.

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Here are Top 10 Best Photo Spots in Cinque Terre with Google Maps GPS locations:

1. Manarola Harbor @ Manarola Viewpoint Overlook

Manarola Harbor is perhaps the most famous instagrammable photo spot in Cinque Terre, and one of the most beautiful places in Italy! From the postcard-worthy scene with colorful houses clinging, to the cliffside to the fishing boats floating in the crystal-clear waters, it’s the picture perfect backdrop. Manarola Harbor is only a 5 minute walk from the Manarola train station. [Google Maps Link]

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2. Vernazza Waterfront and Vernazza Tower

Capture the captivating view of Vernazza’s medieval tower overlooking the charming village and the Ligurian Sea. One of the most romantic photoshoot locations in Vernazza so make sure you go early! We shot this right after sunrise, during the golden hour around 7-8am. The Vernazza tower is only a 4 minute walk from the Vernazza train station. [Google Maps Link]

Vernazza is one of our favorite Cinque Terre Villages for its gorgeous hikes, waterfront, and gorgeous neighorhood backstreets.

Don’t forget to have fun! And who knows… you just might meet some furry friends on the streets of Cinque Terre…

3. The Colorful Alleyways of Vernazza

Lose yourself in the enchanting labyrinth of Vernazza’s colorful alleyways, where every turn unveils a new burst of vibrant hues. From charming storefronts adorned with flower boxes to laundry lines dancing in the sea breeze, these alleys are a photographer’s paradise, offering endless opportunities to capture the essence of this picturesque Italian village. 📷🏞️ [Google Maps Link]

All of Vernazza alleyways are adorable – we shot our photos in the alleyways behind the Vernazza Tower in the local neighborhood heading towards Sentiero Monterosso – Vernazza hike (Another great photoshoot spot!). The small alleyways are not named, however to reach to these local streets, simply walk towards the alleys behind the Church of St. Margaret of Antioch.

4. Hike Near Vernazza – Sentiero Monterosso

Sentiero Monterosso – Vernazza – Embark on an unforgettable visual journey along the Sentiero Monterosso-Vernazza hike, where rugged coastal paths meet the azure embrace of the Ligurian Sea. As you traverse this scenic trail, dramatic cliffs and sweeping ocean views of Vernazza town unfold before your lens, providing the perfect backdrop for stunning landscape photography and couples shoots.

Not ready for a hike? This spot is at the beginning of the hike, and only a 10 minute walk up from the Verzanna Tower and has sweeping views of the most beautiful town in Cinque Terre! [Google Maps Link]

5. The Lover’s Walk (Via dell’ Amore and Sentiero dell’ Amore)

The Lover’s Walk (Sentiero dell’Amore) – Stroll along the love-filled pathway between Riomaggiore and Manarola, offering scenic views of the coastline and romantic sunsets. One of our favorite things to do in our Cinque Terre itinerary was train hopping across the five villages and looking at the colorful houses and beautiful coastlines.

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6. Monterosso Beach

Monterosso’s Beach – Enjoy the contrast of azure waters against colorful umbrellas and pastel buildings while relaxing on Monterosso’s sandy beaches. Monterosso is the perfect place to relax, sun bathe, and catch some baby waves. We found the beaches here to be the most calm out of the five villages. [Google Maps Link]

Pro Tip: Monterosso is also the flattest village so it’s very family friendly to take photos here for family memories or couples of all ages. All the other Cinque Terre villages are very hilly and sloppy, but that’s part of the charm of Cinque Terre!

7. Riomaggiore Waterfront

Capture the essence of coastal charm at Riomaggiore’s breathtaking waterfront, where pastel-hued buildings cascade down to meet the crystal-clear waters of the Ligurian Sea. With fishing boats gently swaying and vibrant reflections dancing upon the sea, this picturesque scene offers an idyllic setting for photography, encapsulating the enchanting allure of Cinque Terre’s coastal villages. 📷🌊 [Google Maps Link]

8. Vernazza Sunset Spot Viewpoint

Vernazza offers some of the most beautiful sunset spots, starting from the one on the trail from Corniglia to Vernazza. It offers a view of Vernazza from above and the sea. It’s one of the most famous spots, so you will probably find a lot of people, especially during summer.

From the village, you will have to go down the station stairs and then proceed uphill. You will notice just after the station some stairs on your right with directions for Corniglia: follow them. On the opposite side of the village, you will find a second sunset viewpoint. From it, you can see the village lightened by the sunset. When you arrive at the church on the sea, follow the stairs behind it.

9. Streets of Cinque Terre

Honestly, every corner in Cinque Terre is out of a storybook. To ensure you get the streets emply, start your photoshoot before sunrise. The top photo is in the streets of Vernazza, and the bottom are photos 30 minutes before sunrise in Manarola. [Google Maps Link]

10. Corniglia Terraces

Corniglia’s Terraces Viewpoint- Climb up to Corniglia and be rewarded with picturesque terraced vineyards and panoramic views of the Italian Riviera. This was one we missed on our list, but a great spot we plan to go back for! [Google Maps Link]

Tips for Photographing Cinque Terre, Italy

  • Wear comfortable shoes. The villages of Cinque Terre are car-free and connected by a network of rocky walking trails. These trails can be steep, rocky and uneven, so you’ll want to wear shoes that provide good traction and support. Comfortable shoes for walking in Cinque Terre.

    We love the versatility of Chacos hiking sandals (men’s and women’s) is unparalleled; whether you’re hitting one of Cinque Terre’s famous beaches, tackling a challenging hike, or train hopping, these shoes have got you covered.
  • Embrace the golden hour. The lighting is best for photography in the early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is low in the sky. This creates a warm, soft light that will flatter the colorful houses and dramatic cliffs of Cinque Terre.
  • Use a tripod. A tripod will help you to keep your camera steady and avoid blurry photos, especially when shooting in low light conditions. Best camera tripod.
  • Plan your itinerary before hand and allow for serendipitous shots. Use this guide and our Cinque Terre itinerary travel tips to plan your shots across the five villages. Cinque Terre is one of most famous places in Italy, hence scouting out spots will help you efficiently plan your photo opts to avoid tourists and peak times.
  • Explore beyond the villages The Cinque Terre National Park is home to some stunning scenery, including vineyards, olive groves, and hidden coves. Don’t be afraid to venture off the beaten path to find unique photo opportunities.
  • Experiment with different perspectives. Don’t just take photos from eye level. Try getting down low to capture a dramatic perspective, or climb to a higher vantage point for a panoramic view.
Here’s one last photo of Jade living her best Italian summer life in Cinque Terre!

The Bottom Line: Top 10 Cinque Terre Instagrammable Photo Spots (with a map!)

Discover the magic of Cinque Terre is like a storybook and save these photo spots for your Italy trip! Cinque Terre is a coastal paradise with charming villages and breathtaking landscapes, where every corner reveals a picture-perfect moment waiting to be captured.

We hope you found this list of the best photography locations in Cinque Terre helpful so you can remember your trip forever.

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From the enchanting alleyways of Vernazza to the colorful Riomaggiore waterfront and the sweeping coastal views along the Sentiero Monterosso-Vernazza hike, each location offers a unique opportunity to capture the charm of this Italian coastal paradise.

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