Cinque Terre 5 Day Photography Tour

15th - 19th April 2020 (4 nights)

Cinque Terre, five villages clinging to the rugged Ligurian coast, is one of the most beautiful locations in Europe and offers wonderful opportunities for creating stunning images.
With its dramatic coastline, multi-coloured villages, terraced fields rising from the azure sea and breath taking views, it’s no wonder this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Join me for a superb photography tour to one of the most photogenic regions of Italy.

We will spend 4 nights and 5 days on this tour, exploring fascinating villages and landscapes via foot, boat, and train. Direct access by car is not possible, so we will use the excellent rail service to easily move between the villages.

The largest of the five villages, Monterosso al Mare, with its wide range of accommodation, good selection of restaurants and easy access to the other villages, is the perfect base for our tour.

Our excellent hotel is located on a quiet side street just 10 minutes walk from the railway station and within easy reach of the old town.

We will focus upon the five villages (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore), as well as nearby Portovenere, accessible by boat. A walking trail, the “Sentiero Azzuro”, connects the five villages and the paths out of these provide the perfect spots for dramatic views of the villages and coastline.

We will be shooting quaint villages, vibrant colours, traditional piazzas, terraced vineyards, rugged coastline and tiny harbours and of course stunning sunrises, sunsets and blue hour shots.

Our tour is timed for April when the region enjoys warm spring weather and fewer tourists.

In addition to great photographic opportunities on this tour we will have time for photo sharing and critiques. I will also be providing help on topics including:

  • Composition

  • Depth of Field calculation

  • Focal Blending

  • Use of filters

  • Shooting panoramas

  • Long exposure photography

  • Creative techniques

  • Blue Hour Photography

  • HDR Photography

  • Digital Workflow

  • Post processing in Lightroom, Photoshop and Nik software (if time permits)

Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. I cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the breath-taking region of Cinque Terre!


This tour is limited to a maximum of six people to ensure that I can spend time with each participant, so book early!


Level of physical difficulty: 3.5 out of 5

In order to reach the best vantage points we will be walking up and down steep, narrow and uneven coastal paths for approx. 15-20 minutes. Participants will need to be able to carry their camera gear and tripod to these locations.


Chris Upton ARPS


April Averages :

  • Temps 12 – 20 C

  • Hours of sunshine 7

  • Rainfall 85mm with 8 days of rain

  • Sunrise 06.35 | Sunset 20.06


  • 4 nights Hotel accommodation in Monterosso al Mare (single occupancy room)

  • All Breakfasts

  • All train and boat fees (including transfers from and to Pisa Airport)

  • Photographic tuition

  • Photo walks & discussions

  • Small group size max 6 guests


  • Flights

  • Meals (excluding breakfast)

  • Travel Insurance

  • All drinks

  • Personal items


The preferred flight is Ryanair from East Midlands to Pisa though you can travel from any airport of your choice. Details will be confirmed on receipt of your booking. Please do not book flights until advised.



  • Dates : 15th - 19th April 2020

  • Price : £1250 (single occupancy room)

  • Deposit: £250 payable on booking

  • Balance : £1000 payable by 1st February 2020

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