To picture for yourself what the Cinque Terre looks like, imagine mountains descending all the way down into an azure sea. Imagine these mountains all covered by an intricate pattern of stone walls, creating terraces occupied by ancient vineyards. And at their feet, secluded coves and quaint multi-coloured villages, cluster around their little harbours.
These are the Cinque Terre – the “Five Lands”, a quintessentially ‘human’ landscape – and yet so harmonious that it looks absolutely ‘natural’. It is a landscape that has been looked after by men for many centuries – at first by monks in the Middle Ages – all the way to the present.
This is a shot of Riomaggiore; a cascade of multi-coloured, old houses, all tightly clustered around a tiny natural harbour carved out in between the rocks. Buildings are tall, as in medieval times the lack of space was compensated for by constructing as high as possible.
Particularly spectacular geology can be seen here. The forces created by the collision of the Africa and Eurasian Plates have folded layers of sedimentary rock from horizontal to vertical, an easily seen illustration of recent and ongoing mountain building.
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emka (104216) 2014-07-06 23:23
it is marvelous. What to say when we see all here: colourful houses going to the sea, blue sky, blue water, tiny harbour and beach. nice agave as framing. Definitely for me number one as place to go.
have a nice week
papagolf21 (106811) 2014-07-06 23:30
En ouvrant la version large, c'est une explosion de couleurs qui s'anime à travers ces façades colorées de ce vieux village accroché au flanc de la montagne.
Image très appréciée bien sûr.
jemaflor (101321) 2014-07-06 23:40
Very beautiful pov and great rsult for your photo with vivid colors, light is well captured, well composed too with FG.
COSTANTINO (68194) 2014-07-06 23:40
Hello dear friend
magnificent postcard remitted from you to
all of us particularly spectacular geology
can be seen here and a cascade of multi
colored old houses all tightly clustered
around a tiny natural harbour
what a beautiful description
what a beautiful natural composition
I like the vivid and attractive colors
so beautiful to our eyes
Royaldevon (41819) 2014-07-07 1:33
I can imagine it all!!
The colourful houses climb the steep slope with an amazing fortitude and pride. One cannot help but be amazed by their precarious but stunning location.
Excellent sharpness and I like how you have introduced the cactus for depth and to give an inkling of the climate.
Have a great day,
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-07-07 1:37
this little town has been very located in very picturesque way on the sharp cliffs. I very much like how the houses seem to sit on each other and create very strong and colorful point of interest in the composition. Nice idea to use the plant in the foreground to achieve more depth. The light has been very well handled and sharpness is at its optimum.
Thanks for sharing
All the best
HimalAnda (10671) 2014-07-07 2:41
What a beautiful and colorful picture!
These houses are very nice, built on the cliffs.
miumiu (6113) 2014-07-07 2:59
This is a lovely picturesque place!
Simple, l love it!
Ohh... l would live in a place like this... amazing as you presented it!!!!
Thanks for sharing!
dekanski (5904) 2014-07-07 3:01
For my taste there is too much agave (if I recognized) in the foreground. But that's just my taste!
dta (81084) 2014-07-07 3:25
Hello Rosemary ,
A famous view , but its is a pleasure to see it one more time , and with this perfect quality . I suppose that I 'll can not resist to take a picture from the same POV when I 'll go there in October :)
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-07 4:58
well thought out composition this. I love the balance and real sense we get of the location of this little gem of a cliff-side town. Gloriously colourful and beautifully detailed. Exquisite imagery!
Have a good week - B.
CLODO (35362) 2014-07-07 5:42
It's difficult to find a new POV for this village, but I think you managed it! The blue color of the sky and sea are framing this colorfull village, and you've well closed the shot at right by the mediterraneen green plant.
Sergiom (86039) 2014-07-07 8:47
Je ne sais pas pourquoi, mais on ne peut pas vraiment rater son coup photographique à cet endroit béni des dieux.J'aime beaucoup cette plante du côté droit qui fait différent.
holmertz (57389) 2014-07-07 9:23
A quick look at the thumbnail made me believe the red building was standing alone at the bottom of the large rock. Opening the photo to full size I was surprised to see how much that had "melted" into the background. This is a famous view, but I think this is one of those special places that can be seen over and over again. The colours are fantastic, especially on a day like that. It's strange though, that as far as I can recall I have never seen any photos from inside the maze of narrow lanes I suppose are found inside the village. Is the magic lost in the backyards of reality? I remember the "Manhattan of the desert" in Yemen that looks fantastic from a distance but is nothing special once inside.
Noel_Byrne (33060) 2014-07-07 10:52
What a spectacle ths is. And just as you say in your fine note, the man made aspects here seem perfectly natural, just another slightly different face to the rock. It's an intriguing scene that makes me want to look deeper and discover every element, every window, every hard to see staircase cut in the rock. A perfect vantage point to show this very cool place.
Thanks as always.
P.S. thanks for the comment on my burren pic, it really is an amazing place. I only got to clip the edge near kinvara that day though, and that was a good few years ago. I hope that I will visit later this summer when I get some off work, Poulnabroun is definitely on the list :)
ourania (49861) 2014-07-07 11:28
this view is so beautiful, it almost brings tears in my eyes. I like very much your composition with the dynamic landscape and cityscape invading the calm blue part of the scenery. The plant in the foreground adds depth and looks like an ornament. The light and the colours have irresistible richness which you've combined with exquisite clarity. The light makes such a big difference, you really made the most of it. I believe this is an iconic presentation with a lasting impact on the viewers. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
williewhistler (16412) 2014-07-07 11:29
Whow!Just look at those rock formations,fascinating.
The colourful houses clinging to the hill side add their own interest and drama to the scene,what a view.
Warm regards Les.
marabu61 (11229) 2014-07-07 12:39
This is exactly how I would picture myself the Cinque Terre region. Absolutely gorgeous. The village perched on the hill is truly attractive, the deep blue of the sea beautiful and the cactus in the foreground just the right anchor from where to start exploring this great landscape.
have a great week
carlo62 (53282) 2014-07-07 14:11
composizione da 10 e lode, perfetta inquadratura e meravigliosi i colori dei palazzi che sembrano andare verso il mare.
Il cielo e la luce sono stati determinanti, ma occorre anche un buon occhio.
PS non siamo passati dal ponte rotto, ma circa 20 km a nord, il paesaggio può sembrare simile, ma non è questo.
asajernigan (21427) 2014-07-07 17:56
I also have a couple of photos from this wonderful area in my gallery! Your composition is great with the plant adding depth and framing for the scene. The positioning of the buildings in the frame works well allowing us to see the cliffs and ocean as well. The lighting is outstanding as is the sharpness and color.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-07-07 23:58
Point de vue incontournable sur Riomaggiore avec ces maisons en cascade semblant "tomber" dans la mer. Tu as eu la chance d'avoir une très belle lumière pour réussir cette excellente photo.
Silvio1953 (150289) 2014-07-08 5:32
Ciao Rosemary, fantastiche le cinque terre, quando ci sono andato io pioveva ma vederle con il sole e coi favolosi colori della tua foto è tutta un'altra cosa, ottima nitidezza, splendida luce e bella inquadratura, bravissima, ciao Silvio
Cricri (123740) 2014-07-08 7:36
Oh vous avez été là aussi, que de belles régions d'Italie vous avez fait, j'aime cette image, le POV, les couleurs, la plante grasse dans le coin de l'image, tout est beau a regarder, bravo
adramad (48426) 2014-07-08 8:19
Wonderful composition with this population seems to be cascading down the cliff, shocking vision of the houses as stacked, the coastline with steep cliffs, is also beautiful, I like the detail of the plant in the foreground.
Very good brightness and sharpness, with beautiful colors.
Well seen and done better. I like it
Have a good day.
lousat (95902) 2014-07-08 12:24
Hi Rosemary,a great spectacle from Riomaggiore,the choice of point of view make the difference,creating a great contrast between the warm colors of the facades and the blue of sea,the best exposure and detail everywhere too,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
siudzi (34141) 2014-07-08 12:34
Superb unique and classy image of this spectacular view and place! Love it! You have found and selected a great POV to build interesting presentation. Perfectly executed as always. Bravo!
photoray (13981) 2014-07-08 16:41
Attractive Riomaggiore scene proving once again the Italians have been experts in designing and construction buildings on steep slopes. The colorful homes compliment Nature's sedimentary cliff and wild sea.
Thanks for sharing,
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-07-09 5:45
une superbe composition lumineuse et colorée. Une capture réussie.
jcpix (13930) 2014-07-09 17:01
The picture tells a thousand words, and your words tell a thousand stories. I love the text provided with this shot, as with all of your pictures of course, but this one really brings the elements and aura of the Cinque Terre into clear definition.
My favorite of these villages is Vernazza, but Riomaggiore is a very close second...and it's easy to see why with a view like this! A fantastic result, so full of rich color, bright Mediterranean sun, azur waters and a most delightful mixture of natural and man-made beauty. I just about lost my camera to the sea here after slipping on some moss covered rocks...good thing I didn't though, I was able to take many more pictures of this stunning stretch of coast. :) Have a great day. All the best.
macjake (71059) 2014-07-09 23:10
its almost impossible to come to Italy and NOT walk away with this photo isn't it!
this place was so photogenic, I've got the same pov.
I really like your saturated colors, they're not overly saturated, they're just right - enough to make it pop.
what can I say, i obviously love it.
excellent exposure, very impressive.
PiotrF (21502) 2014-07-11 6:08
Nice view of this little town and sharp cliffs, very multi-coloured villages. Perspective and depth are perfect taken.Excellent sharpness and the overall technical features.
ChrisJ (117199) 2014-07-11 8:14
I hope my shots of the crowded beach at Cinque Terre did not put you off it too much. The rows of deckchairs and umbrellas seem to be a ubiquitous feature of many Mediterranean beach resorts, but I always manage to find an uncrowded spot somewhere, whether it is a rock at the end of the beach, a shoulder high niche in a cliff for my towel, a spot just above high tide mark, or a space between competing resorts, in 'no mans land'. Wonderful colour, framing and saturation! Tfs!
Gigidusud (21247) 2014-07-11 12:42
Excellent POV on Riomaggiore. Splendid picture with beautiful colors and nice light. Well done! I visited this place a few years ago, I loved.
Have a nice Week-end.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-07-12 3:35
Rosemary, a place that is very fond to me...for my good friends who live there and for its magnificent setting!
your picture is unconditionally beautiful!!!
boa (7543) 2014-07-12 11:00
this place have a high ranking on my "want-to-visit" list! Fantastic place with multi coloured houses and probably good restaurants. Excellent overview, colors and light, tfs!
Have a nice evening/
delpeoples (59434) 2014-07-14 2:24
What a beautiful note, it complements this magnificent photo so well. The colours are amazing and I remember standing in that exact position last year, with the scaffolding up around the red building...ahhh. Stunning details, beautiful colours and such character. These Five Lands are truly the jewel of the Mediterranean (next to of course, the Amalfi Coast...I'm biased, sorry :)
annjackman (21901) 2014-07-25 4:33
I have seen pictures before of this wonderful place but not seen it for myself. I like the way that you have included interest from the FG right through to the mountains in the BG. Gorgeous coloured houses perched on the rocks and I especially like the bright orange one with its lovely green shutters.
Best wishes, Ann
adores (46299) 2014-07-25 16:07
This is a very famous place! I like the composition with the agave in foreground, it's different from the usual, and colours are really good. A very good shot, hope you enjoyed your stay there!
Angshu (56760) 2014-07-29 19:32
Hello again Rosemary,
The contrast between the brightly coloured houses and the rocks are so striking! Its good that you mentioned the Geology of why the strata are near vertical here...we see the same in the Himalayas in India as the Asian plate continues to push the Eurasian plate northwards...
Your POV from below allows us to move up the slope and the polarised blue sky is quite fantastic as well...
swapankumarroy (2849) 2014-07-30 17:51
You have presented very nicely this little town with deep blue sea and mountain. Well details, vivid colour and exact POV.
have a nice day
with best wishes and thanks for sharing.
fds (9569) 2014-10-12 9:28
Dear friend Rosemarie a very beautiful picture from your fantastic trip of Italy...
great colors and fantastic houses in front of the sea with the agave on the right
great composition with fantastic details colors and light