Via dell’Amore, Cinque Terre, Italy

AUGUST 2000 – View along the rugged coastline near Riomaggiore in Italy. The hike between Riomaggiore and Monterossa al Mare is known as Via dell’ Amore. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

From Lerici in Italy, you should visit the famous Cinque Terre – that is a group of five villages built very close to the cliff: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare. They can only be reached by train or by using a hike called Via dell’ Amore (“Street of Love” in English) which starts in Riomaggiore, the first of the five villages in the East. We recommend using the train from La Spezia to Riomaggiore.

The first part of the hike (from Riomaggiore to Manarola) is easy and provides impressing views of the rugged coastline. As tempting as it may be, the full hike all the way to Monterosso al Mare is about 16 km (10 miles) and quite exhausting.

Despite their isolated location, the villages have a good touristical infrastructure. But, let’s face it, they are not really suitable for beach holidays as there are no beaches, just ramps for fisher boats. Those who aim for a tan or a cool-down simply use the ramps as bathing platforms. An exception is Monterosso al Mare in the West which has a couple of genuine beaches.

The high resolution image

Capture Date28-AUG-2000
LocationRiomaggiore, Italy
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6539 x 4236 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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