This is Manarola ("Manaea" in the local dialect), one of the towns all the awe-inspiring Cinque Terre. You're probably used to seeing it in full sunshine, with colours resplendent and a calm sea. Well that wasn't to be, but we still had a fantastic time, witnessing the wild winds, sea and rain. And then rushing to shelter in a cosy restaurant with good food and vino. Manarola's main industries are tourism, fishing and wine-making, the local wine known as Sciacchetrà well worth a try. It is probably the oldest of the six towns, with its church San Lorenzo dating from 1338.
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Kamilutka (8095) 2014-02-21 1:15
wow, my congratulations on this picture! You did not have the best light there, yet you managed to achieve very lovely result.
The place is very picturesque and your POV allows to see it properly from tiny distance. The sea is quite dramatic and adds very much dynamism to the scene.
Nice use of branches to frame image in natural way.
Pretty colors, good composition and very good quality overall.
Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your day!
SnapRJW (29302) 2014-02-21 1:26
Hi Lisa - A pleasure to see this, not long till I will see it with my own eyes and I am so looking forward to it! Your shot does show the place in a completely different mood and is no less beautiful for that. The dull light and muted colours highlight the precarious nature of the cliff top village as it is assailed by wind and rain. The sea (what a beautiful colour) is boiling and the little fishing boats are dragged well up from the breaking waves. If the weather is like this when we visit, I shall not care, I love wild coastal weather and the food and wine sounds perfect!
Warm regards Rosemary
Giustiniani (2789) 2014-02-21 1:27
quelle belle composition, un très beau village même sous la pluie. Les couleurs adoucies par le temps gris restent belles et sont naturelles. La mer agitée ajoute de la beauté à l'ensemble. Une très belle photo malgré les mauvaises conditions.
lousat (72425) 2014-02-21 1:27
Ciao Lisa,la giornata brutta e piovosa non era ideale per fare una visita,in compenso è perfetta per dare un fascino diverso al luogo e dare un tocco magico alla foto,con questo mare mosso e con questo cielo scuro,una cartolina perfetta con colori molto brillanti nonostante la luce terribile.Buon weekend,Luciano
Subhogen (4065) 2014-02-21 1:30
This is what I call 'precariously perched' It seems one little push and the town will topple over into the sea. The choppy sea and the overcast sky makes the scene look all the more dramatic. Like the way you have made the most of the difficult conditions. Excellent photo from this sea side where the people get to enjoy wonderful views other than the fine wine and fresh fish that you mention. Thanks for sharing.
timecapturer (45289) 2014-02-21 1:45
love this! An amazing looking place and when you throw in a dramatic sea it becomes even more magical. I really should get off my butt and visit Italy again, it has always been one of my favourite countries and not just because of the wine and food. Stunning imagery Lisa - beautiful!
Have a good weekend - B.
tyro (18626) 2014-02-21 2:57
Ciao cara Lisa,
Wow! Now this sort of picture is right up my street!
No bright "touristy" sunshine, no glorious sunny sky, no ice creams or candy floss, no smooth calm sea lapping softly on the soft and sandy shores but a tempestuous sea crashing against this rocky outcrop surmounted by a beautiful and very colourful old town in lovely pastel shades and perfectly depicted against a dark and moody sky.
The soft light on the buildings really has "lifted" them beautifully and, in comparison to the dark rocks, we can see all the beautiful textures, colours and shades in them perfectly. The scattered and very colourful boats make a fabulous foreground.
Everything in this picture is totally appealing, from the light and colours to the strong composition, the wild sea and the lovely and sympathetic framing by the overhanging tree at top right.
Beautiful light and colours, perfect exposure and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness, best appreciated, of course, at its full size of 1200 pixels wide.
npecanhuk (60996) 2014-02-21 3:44
Very beautiful picture in spite of not having a typical sunny weather!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
dta (63008) 2014-02-21 3:56
Ciao Lisa ,
I've planed a trip in this region fro next october . I hope the weather will be finer ;)
As you say , in these conditions , the colors are less attractive . But waht an atomsphere . And the furious sea is really impressive . The POV on the village is great , too .
snunney (79735) 2014-02-21 4:01
Just goes to show you don't need great weather to create a great image. The stormy atmosphere and grey surroundings make a lovely contrast with the pastel coloured houses. A well framed composition; the overhanging tree is nicely included helping to give the image depth and relieving the grey sky. I wish you a pleasant and enjoyable weekend.
daddo (22676) 2014-02-21 4:11
Ciao Lisa. Great POV of this enchanting place. Your photo brings back fond memories.I read recently in the Age that these towns are destined to disappear in the future as no one tends the terraces any more and the disrepair is causing landslides which will only get worse and more deadly. Regards. Klaudio.
Sergiom (54655) 2014-02-21 4:53
After the long walk from Riomaggiore to Manarolla, I remember having diner on the terrasse where you see a red dot in the picture. Very nice food and wine.
But the long walk from Manarola to Corniglia was kind of heavy. I can remember all the stairs and the heat.
Danièle my wife could't wait for Gelata.
You had kind of a stormy day. Nice dramatic shot.
Have a nice day.
PS. I return to Italy in May...Can't wait
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-02-21 6:23
Hi Lisa - a beautiful take on Manarola, which I've seen several times but only through the lenses of photographers here. If memory serves, the more popular shot is from the other edge of the inlet, and so I'm glad you've shown us this angle. And the difficult weather I think brings out the colors of the houses nicely against that menacing sky. Thanks!
Romano46 (16578) 2014-02-21 6:47
una Manarola a tinte fosche in una brutta giornata ma non per questo meno bella e suggestiva di quella che siamo abituati a vedere assolata ed in pieno periodo estivo.
Il mare in tempesta la rende più reale e simile al suo aspetto della stagione invernale.
La composizione è quella classica ma la nitidezza è quella alla quale ci hai abituati.
Mi piace anche per come hai dosato il contrasto per renderlo più aderente alla situazione.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
PaulVDV (20481) 2014-02-21 7:05
Yes, the sea looks very rough and the hinterland captures little light.
But still the different colours of the facades reach its full potential.
This place looks gorgeous in all weather conditions!
Good framing and composition.
Best regards, Paul
ikeharel (52411) 2014-02-21 7:52
Finally made it to Cinque-Terre, Lisa, and Manarola is the jewel amoing the 5 towns, to my opinion, though Vernazza is yet an impressive place.
You had a day with grey sky and rough sea's, but that did not distract nor subtract from the beauty of stunning manarola.
Fine taken from a POV I know very well, leaning on the banister of the Via-del-Amore.
Have a great weekend,
photoray (10227) 2014-02-21 10:15
Excellent Manarola scene with the turbulent sea crashing into the rocky shore, then the classical village in varying colors clinging to the steep mountainside. And a glimpse of the arches from ancient times.
Have a wonderful weekend,
ngk (2411) 2014-02-21 10:39
Beautiful atmospheric photo!! Beautiful colors, nice contrast, fantastic light management!! Congrats!!!
Have a nice w/e
macjake (52232) 2014-02-21 10:55
do you know how high up on my travel list this is!!! Certainly in my top 5, but I have to battle with Tosca's top 5 list too! haha
Too bad we can't pick and choose what type of weather we want for our photos eh! but you bring up a good point, its good to have the stormy weather conditions sometimes.
Look at the water and the white crested waves crashing on the rocks...that wouldn't probably happen if it weren't so windy and stormy. and you go to find shelter with food and wine...but lets be honest - that was going to happen anyway right? Haha lol
Good eye intentionally or not to leave the tree branches JUST out of touch of the subject at the top.
williewhistler (12497) 2014-02-21 11:50
oh I do like the drama of this lovely shot,from the raging sea to the angry sky this is so very enjoyable,you have resisted the temptation to pump up the colours and the final result is a photograph full of interest and drama.
Kindest regards Les.
jimmj63 (2303) 2014-02-21 12:20
bellissima immagine di questo incantevole (e sfortunato) tratto di costa ligure
cornejo (28111) 2014-02-21 12:28
Hello dear Lisa, great view of this beautiful and interesting villa located in this awesome place, very well composed and perfectly captured in this beautiful photograph. A wonderful image of a beautiful place with great clarity, depth and quality. An excellent job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing.
Good morning and happy weekend.
A warm hug from southern Spain.
carlo62 (27766) 2014-02-21 13:20
grazie per il nuovo "nome", forse un po' esagerato, non lo merito.
Una bellissima Manarola, molto più selvaggia e vera, le onde che si infrangono sugli scogli creano le scie bianche che tornano in mare,che con il loro candore, sottolineano tutto il resto.
Un bel ricordo anche per me, visto che poche ore dopo ci siamo conosciuti.
mirosu (12558) 2014-02-21 20:18
Superb view of this small township, so typical for many places in Italy. Your viewpoint from behind the tree is excellent and the rather lower light perfect. The colors of the houses are very well balanced without any disturbing strong contrast. Must be a very nice place to visit.
Very well done
Wish you a very nice weekend.
jcpix (11478) 2014-02-21 20:36
Hey there Lazy Bones,
You know, it's actually refreshing to see this classic image under a different light...literally! It's taken on an entirely new face, one with more angst and turbulent waters...which is a tremendous opposition to the villages beauty. I have taken this exact same shot, but mine turned out nowhere as good as this...so I'm going to print yours instead and put it in my album as my own, no one will be the wiser. :)
The strong colors of Manarola are undeniable, but what you've extracted from the Mediterranean waters is what really grabs my focus. That deep turquoise and white splash it what makes this most effective as a compliment of color and contrast against the landscape. A view worth sitting back and admiring for a nice long time, what a great region! Have a lovely weekend. Take it easy.
jjcordier (73330) 2014-02-21 22:28
Malgré une lumière moyenne, tu as réussi à faire une très jolie photo de ce beau village des Cinque Terre, ayant trouvé le bon endroit pour un beau point de vue.
emka (73379) 2014-02-21 22:53
I don't mind the good fish but with no wine:). Indeed, we see it rather in sunshine but not alway we are lucky with the weather. This a bit gloomy picture has also its drama. Amazing angry sea, it seems dangerous to go fishing in the day like this.
WArm regrads MAlgo
fabbs99 (15731) 2014-02-21 23:18
Hi Dear Lisa,
Nice presentation of the seaside town.Densely populated and very well captured.TFS.
willperrett (5978) 2014-02-22 2:00
Wow: you had some interesting weather when you were there! (You may remember I followed in your footsteps around the Cinque Terre a couple of weeks later.) The lowering sky and crashing waves are far from the conventional postcard views, and all the better for it. Fine photograph.
annjackman (17803) 2014-02-22 2:51
I rather like seeing this in different weather conditions. The wild water and grey sky give atmosphere. It is amazing how the colours of the houses still shine through the greyness. Excellent.
Kind Regards, Ann
sabermonajati (8919) 2014-02-22 9:46
wonderful place you captured.this view is dreamily.
krzychu30 (15332) 2014-02-23 1:24
most of the pictures from Manarola we see was taken during Blue hour.So this one is something new to me,but I must say...way more attractive and captivating than another blue hour.
I just love this "dramatic"scenery created by grey,gloomy sky and rough sea.
Magnificnet presentation of this beautiful town!
Have a nice sunday
Noel_Byrne (20860) 2014-02-23 8:41
Have you gone to Tibet, stolen the Potala palace and brought it to Italy?? Fair play if you have, I've contemplated it before but couldn't figure out how to get it home. This is an amazing scene, the way the village spreads up and across the rocks like this is a testament to ingenuity. The crashing waves remind me of what this place would look like without human intervention, but it looks no less beautiful for the mark of people. The colors of the houses are wonderful too, so eyecatching.
Beautiful place, and a beautiful shot.
Thanks as always, cheers to the new week!
All the best
Kielia (22913) 2014-02-24 7:51
you are presenting a very nicely composed impression of this well known village. Excellent management of the difficult light and a very good perspective. The moody colors make the image very attractive. My compliments!
Gigidusud (13397) 2014-02-25 11:22
Ciao cara Lisa,
Effettivamente, ho visitato questo luogo sotto un sole cocente. Ma qui la tempesta porta un'atmosfera speciale alla foto, mi piace l'acqua in movimento. Ottimo il POV, bravissima come sempre!
Un caro saluto di Marsiglia.
ourania (26518) 2014-02-26 11:32
Ciao cara Lisa,
mi piace moltissimo questa vista drammatica, intensa, romantica e differente dalla solita impressione che abbiamo di Manarola -quelli che non l' abbiamo (ancora) visitata. Hai creato una composizione stretta ed intensa, la citta' ed il mare sono inorniciati benissimo e sembra che il tuo punto di ripresa e' stato in un rifugio dal vento. C' e' ottima nitidezza sulle case e movimento nel mare. La luce bassa, i colori scuri e la luminosita' contrastante del bianco rendono l' atmosfera affascinante. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti, spero che tutti stiate bene,
adores (34462) 2014-03-19 15:38
I've seen photos of this place but here you captured some different atmosphere. I really like the waves that give a great sense of movement and the colour of the water. Very good pov!
fritzi007 (2776) 2014-04-10 14:02
Perfect quality shot! Very nice picture.Also, I had no good weather in Cinque Terre, rain without end!
Wish you a good time