Like five diamonds on a crown, the five villages of the Cinque Terre adorn the wildest part of the Italian Riviera. Precariously perched between the mountains and the sea and hard to reach, they managed to escape development and urbanization and preserve their ancient character.
A national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Cinque Terre combine rugged mountain landscape and romantic seascapes, punctuated by small villages of colorful houses. The views that the coastline offers are breath-taking and pristine, with the warm colors of the buildings providing a nice contrast with the deep blue of the sea and the greens of the Mediterranean vegetation that blankets the land.
Starting centuries ago, the steep hillsides have been worked by the tenacious inhabitants into a series of terraces that host cultivations of lemons and grapes, among others, producing some very fine white wines. These go very well together with the catch that local fishermen bring ashore every morning.
We are leading a group of selected photographers on a two-day tour of Cinque Terre for the low price of €250/$280 (accommodation and one dinner included). Places are limited, so better reserve one before they sell out.