The sharp cinque terre tour

A one-day full immersion into these wonderful fishermen’s houses for all those of you who can’t spend more time around here. Only available in low-season.

1 day (from sunrise to sunset)


basic equipment


FROM 320,00 € P.P.



We got it, you are visiting (or planning to visit) Italy but you don’t want (or you can’t!) spend too much time in these places; to help you, let us introduce to you our fresh new one-day workshop!

With this option, you’ll be picked up at your hotel in the near-by area that morning and you’ll be dropped off at the same place after we finished to photograph the sunset; perfect, isn’t it?

workshop itinerary

Pick-Up: Approximately 45 minutes before sunrise (depending on where your hotel is located) one of our photographers will pick you up and then you will move (either by car or train) together to the first location of the day;

Sunrise session: you will shoot the blue hour and the sun rising up above the hills over Cinque Terre together with our expert photography guide there to help you getting the best possible shots. We will go through the very basic settings (ISO, aperture, exposure, etc) if needed – otherwise we might already cover some slightly more complex techniques such as the HDRs (very handy in strong light conditions).

Breakfast: after being awake for an already long time, time to get some good breakfast! We’ll probably stop in Manarola and get something at the local cafè.

Morning Shooting: after breakfast, it will be time to visit some of the less known (and arguably less photogenic) locations of the area – we’ll do some walk around too!

Lunch: a deserved break after a long morning spent shooting! We will enjoy a tasty lunch by the seaside, either with some pasta, some fresh fish or some pesto sauce.

Mid-Afternoon Shooting: after a relaxing lunch, it’s time to hit the road again. We will start moving around again and we’ll probably visit another town while waiting for the light to become warmer again!

Sunset Session: by the time that the sun will go down we will make sure to be ready and set in position to capture it, in one of the most incredible locations that the area has to offer: the beautiful Manarola!

Drop off: unfortunately, it’s already time to say goodbye! After a long day shooting the coastline views of Cinque Terre, your photography guide will take you back to your hotel.


train tickets (fastest way to move around cinque terre)

Shuttle to/from your Hotel in the area (Manarola, Riomaggiore, La Spezia)

Assistance and Guidance by
a Local Professional

Post-Production Workshop (depending on the weather)

– Digital Camera (preferably a DSLR camera, both an APS-C and FF will be more than fine)
– An ultrawide lens (such as the Nikon 14-24mm, Canon 16-35mm, Tamron 15-30mm, Tokina 16-28mm etc); we recommend a lens with a wide maximum aperture (like f/2.8) for night photography.

– A standard zoom lens (like the various Nikon/Canon/Sigma 24-70mm or 24-105mm)

– A telephoto zoom lens (like the various Nikon/Canon/Tamron/Sigma 70-200mm)

– A super telephoto zoom lens (like the Sigma/Tamron 150-600mm); this lens is not necessary but we recommend it anyway since it allows to capture the far away details of the landscapes

– A sturdy tripod that permits to do some long exposure photos, specially during the twilight hour

– A set of ND filters; these are the only filters we feel to recommend, since they become useful when you need to stretch the exposure time a little bit during some difficult light conditions

– A camera remote to avoid blurry shots

A few weeks before your departure, we will contact you suggesting the best clothes to bring with you basing on the weather forecasts and the current temperatures, so that you will be perfectly equipped by the time of you arrival!
The price does NOT include:

– Airfare to/from Italy;

– Food (Breakfast/Lunch);

– Single Supplement (+180€)

– Public Transports Tickets (Ferries, Buses, Trains, etc);

– Attractions Tickets (Museums, Towers, Monuments, etc);

– VISA (if necessary);

– Travel Insurance (highly recommended, both for you and your photography gear);

– Everything not mentioned in the “What’s Included” list.


The Sharp Cinque Terre Tour

From 320,00€ per person
  • Transports
  • pick up/drop off at your hotel
  • photography tuition

customers reviews

what people say

Kelly redacted
Kelly redacted
Cinque Terre is a MUST see location in Italy! Our experience there was incredible for many reasons, and Leonardo with Tuscany Photographic Tours played a huge part in making this the experience of a lifetime.Leo speaks perfect English and he's very easy to understand. He likes to keep groups small so he can spend more individual time with everyone. Our group included my husband, myself, and a good friend. With our group size of three, each of us having different levels of photographic experiences, as well as some mobility issues (Leo has unending patience!), Leo helped us find the best compositions in each Cinque Terre village that we visited! He also recognized that we are tourists and gave us plenty of opportunities to explore or shop (although we preferred to take more photos!).Leo is very knowledgeable about photography, and has experience using various types of cameras which really helped when we needed to change camera settings. He coached us on how and why to change our camera's settings for different shots. I love that he taught us a new skill or two at each village. For example, Leo taught us to quickly adjust to rapidly changing light conditions during sunset. We learned why and how to merge photos to get crisp focus on subjects separated by distance, and how to use ND filters and bracketing! All in just one day!Leo is very friendly and open, has a great personality, and is a very good teacher. It's quite easy to become fast friends with him! He is able to effectively coach people of all ages and photography skill sets. He loves what he does, and it really shows. After the workshop was over, Leo welcomed us to contact him if we have any questions or need any help while processing our photos!We learned more about photography in one day with Leo than we've learned from any other workshops, books, or online videos! We are already planning to return next year to accompany Leo on a photography expedition in beautiful Tuscany!
David Havlik
David Havlik
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Sue Barrell
Sue Barrell
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Samuel Kwok
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Vicki Anton Athens
Vicki Anton Athens
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Ronnie James
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anand Nirgude
anand Nirgude
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Kathy Phipps
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John Crifasi
John Crifasi
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Ena Singh
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