Colours of The Cinque Terre - April 21st - 25th 2016

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The Cinque Terre is a beautifully rugged stretch of coastline located on the Italian Riviera and consisting of five tiny fishing villages set like jewels into the Ligurian Coast. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park; an area recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

This breathtaking landscape has attracted many writers and musicians, among them the English Romantic poets Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron, the French novelist George Sand, and the German composer Richard Wagner, as well as Italian artists and writers. It is extremely photogenic and will not fail to leave its impression.

For this workshop we have teamed up with luxury tour operator Savile Row Travel to offer you an unforgettable experience.

The jagged and steep coastline, which stretches for over 15km between Levanto and La Spezia, has been transformed by man over the years into an intensively terraced landscape suitable for agriculture, such as growing vines and olive trees. Adapting to the rough and inhospitable land, man built compact settlements directly onto the rock with winding streets, grouped round religious buildings or medieval castles and small fishing harbours. The area and its five villages, which date back to the later Middle Ages, represent the harmonious interaction between man and nature to produce a landscape of exceptional scenic beauty. Illustrated here is a traditional way of life that has existed for 1,000 years.

Part of the charm of the Cinque Terre is the lack of visible corporate development. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars are not encouraged. In fact, the area was almost inaccessible, except by sea, until the Genoa-La Spezia railway was built in the 1870s, passing through all the villages and Portovenere. Being harder to access has helped to protect its unique heritage.

Over the course of the workshop we’ll explore the area at our leisure traveling by local train; the best way to access the villages. The coastline here affords a number of spectacular views from its coastal paths towards the villages, whilst at street level there is also a myriad of photographic possibilities. Let's also not forget the locals who nurture the surrounding vineyards and who themselves provide for some wonderful photo opportunities.

During our time here we will also take a boat trip to Portovenere, a village known for its picturesque harbour lined with brightly coloured houses, and for San Pietro Church, perched at the edge of the rocky promontory. Our workshop will come to an end with a farewell dinner on the evening of the 24th April, before your departure after breakfast on the 25th and return to Pisa airport. Should you wish to extend your trip in Italy, you can easily do so - please speak to Matt at Savile Row Travel to discuss the opportunities available.

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