Photographic workshop in the 5 terre: life hanging over the sea


They rise from the sea to the 812 m of Mount Malpertuso, the highest elevation of the 15 km ridge that isolates the Cinque Terre from the Ligurian hinterland. A play of contours, at times overhanging the sea, covered by Mediterranean scrub: heather, broom, pine, alternating with vineyards on terraces that defy the law of gravity.

Along the coast between the inlets of the spurs, man has found refuge, settling in what are now pleasant seaside villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.

In addition to the landscape, the photographer is also concerned with narrating the relationship between man and the environment.The reportage includes short treks, visits to activities related to the sea and the land with the aim of communicating this embrace between man and the land between sky and sea.With master photographer Mirko Sotgiu, evocative reportage images of these pretty villages will be taken at the best times. The excursions, which are never demanding, will take us to discover little-known places beyond the most famous classic spots in the UNESCO World Heritage Cinque Terre.

Programme (3 days, 2 nights)

Day 1

Meeting point 9:30 a.m.
Transfer by train to Manarola and then to Volastra by bus.
Visit to the vineyards and terracing in Volastra.
Hiking from Volastra to Corniglia.
Along one of the most scenic and beautiful paths in the CinqueTerre. (200m ascent, 530 descent – 3 hours excluding photo breaks).
Photographic session at sunset in Corniglia .
Return by train to Riomaggiore.
Dinner in Riomaggiore. Overnight stay in hotel.

2nd day

Early wake up
Transfer by train to Manarola to photograph the twilight (6.30 am).
Breakfast in Manarola and visit of the alleys.
Transfer to Corniglia by train.
Hiking along the Guvano panoramic path to Vernazza.
Lunch in Vernazza and visit of the alleyways.
Dinner and sunset photography session in Vernazza from a panoramic viewpoint.
Return by train to Riomaggiore. Hotel in Riomaggiore

Day 3
Sunrise photography session in Riomaggiore
Breakfast at the hotel.
Post-production and photo-editing session in hotel
Lunch in Riomaggiore.
End of activity at 14:00.

The programme may be subject to variations and order of visits depending on the group’s hiking ability and weather conditions.

Course suitable for those with previous photographic experience, at least landscape photography.
Recommended lenses: wide angle and normal, tele, TTL flash.
Comfortable clothing, pleasant temperatures. Pedal shoes or trail shoes.
Recommended: Gradient, ND and polarising filters (alternatively, LEE filters are available from the lecturer).


General information
Duration                   Destination                                                       Departure
3 days / 2 nights        Italy: Riomaggiore (SP) – Cinque Terre          Springtime 2024


Group tour (min. 4, max. 8 people): 3 days, 2 nights

COST PER PERSON : 540 € (double room)


parking in Riomaggiore 25 €/day. To be requested at the time of booking.
single room supplement, subject to availability (double single use) : 80 €.


Payments: 30% deposit on booking, balance 30 days before departure date.

Penalty for cancellation: 30% of the participation fee (100 % for cancellations less than 20 days before departure date)

Booking deadline: 2022 December 20th

Excursion as scheduled, organisation and assistance in preparing the programme by SUMMIT-8
Accompaniment and teaching by Mirko Sotgiu, professional photographer and mid-mountain guide
Common safety and first aid equipment
Accompanying person’s transfer costs
5 Terre Card (trains, buses and Park trails)


Nikon NPS

Transfers to and from meeting place.

Photography equipment, clothing and trekking gear.

Trip cancellation insurance.

Own car parking (available with supplement, 25 €/day per car).

Dinners, lunches, drinks, extras and everything not mentioned in “the price includes”.

Informazioni e prenotazioni