Cinque Terre, (in Italian, “the five towns”) are nestled in the northwest corner of Italy, close to France. With crazy vistas, bomb beaches, and pasta up to your eyeballs, the Cinque Terre region is a true jewel of Italian travel.
The towns of Cinque Terre (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare) connect via a train line that runs all day. A host of hiking trails lead to stunning vistas, the blue sea, and the famous colorful buildings of each town. There are almost no cars in the towns, cutting down on noise pollution and creating a timeless, picturesque environment, and an ideal setting for some fabulous photography.
This is the place to come and explore, hike, eat, drink, and cliff jump! The cuisine is ocean-to-table, accompanied by heavenly mouth-watering, and perplexingly simple pasta. Maybe it’s the water, or maybe it’s just some kind of magic in the air, but the pasta is out of this world.
So now you’re probably thinking… hmmm, amazing vista views, colorful seaside architecture, and delicious food… sign me up, and let me grab my camera!
Here are a few shots from my time in Cinque Terre, along with some tips on how to make your Instagram dreams come true when you post your own glorious photos.
1Shooting for Context
One element that I like to incorporate into landscape photos, especially for Instagram, is using foreground elements when the subject of my photo is far away. In addition to supplying environmental context, foreground elements help give your image depth. Check out a few of these shots where I incorporated foreground elements to give my photos context and help focus the viewer’s attention.