Cinque Terre, in Italy’s Liguria, is a short stretch of harsh shoreline with steep slopes plunging from the Appennini mountains into the sea. A number of picturesque hamlets cling to its cliffs and narrow valleys, each with tales from long ago telling of hard labor, pirate raids and sea fighting. All around, the precipitous slopes have been patiently transformed into vineyards, the result of centuries of restless work by local farmers. It’s an amazing and very special place, one of the few in my mind where a deeply rural culture mingles with maritime life. An historical and unique landscape.
Shot in April 2015 using an iPhone 6.