The only village that does not have a small harbour or marina and sometimes referred to as the middle child.
The image above was shot from the ferry, which beside the train also connects all villages except Corniglia. Unfortunately I only managed to visit the village during the middle of the day when the light was too harsh for good landscape photography. Next time, I would definitively try to do some shooting around sunset as it looks very promising and not "over-shot" like some of the other places.
After Manarola the second (some call it nr1?) most popular one for photographers... Its harbour with an attractive waterfront makes for nice photo-opportunities of the many small fishing boats and the surrounding church and castle.
A few good places to photograph the village from a higher viewpoint can be found at the start of the hiking path to Monterosso. These proved to be very popular with a group of German photographers, who surprisingly left at sunset; just when the good light for blue hour photography was about to happen.
The largest and most Northern village is also the most popular with non-photographer tourists, especially for the ones from North America and Australia. Unlike the others it has a large beach and a nice seaside promenade with plenty of restaurants and small souvenir shops for the hundreds of tourists which arrive daily by bus and cruise ship. Not exactly what one wants for great landscape photography!
We did however use Monterosso as our base for day 3 and 4 in Cinque Terre as all other villages were fully booked. In hindsight and given I had more notice to organise the trip, I would have preferred staying in Vernazza.
Beside the fact that most of Cinque Terre is extremely picturesque, it also attracts a large amount of people that come here for hiking.
There are lots of great walking trails along the vineyards which given the local terrain can be quite demanding!
In October 2011, Cinque Terre was severely affected by torrential rains, causing floods and mudslides, especially in Vernazza and Monterosso where large parts of the villages were completely destroyed. Although most of the damage is now repaired, some of the walking paths remain closed.
Given all the hiking between villages, it proved to be a wise decision to only have taken my light weight Fujifilm gear on the trip. I can honestly say, that I did not miss the heavier DLSR's, lenses and heavy weight tripods a single minute during my entire trip...
A 3 min slideshow about my latest photo-adventure trip can be found here.
Ciao Cinque Terre!