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5 of the most beautiful fishing villages in Italy

Given that Italy is a boot-shaped peninsula almost completely surrounded by water, it comes as no surprise that the country has many beautiful seaside villages. The five fishing villages below - in order from north to south - are a mix of famous and lesser-known towns. All of them offer beautiful scenery, a lovely atmosphere, and of course, excellent seafood. And we include all of them in Italy Beyond the Obvious itineraries on a regular basis.

Portofino, Liguria

The town of Portofino, on the Italian Riviera, is itself part of a small peninsula with several quaint fishing villages. Portofino is known for its colorful houses, picturesque landscape, and good people-watching. The town has been a destination for VIP travelers and their yachts for decades. In addition to seafood, travelers should taste the local farinata flatbread made with chickpea flour, and pesto, which originates in this area.

We also recommend exploring some of the many hiking trails on the Portofino Peninsula and visiting other nearby towns such as Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, and Camogli (a town named for the houses of the fishermens wives - in Italian, case dei mogli). Travelers visiting in early May should not miss the Sagra del Pescefish festival in Camogli.

Manarola, Liguria

Just an hour down the coast from Portofino, the town of Manarola is one of the five towns of the famous Cinque Terre. The towns (Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore) are connected by an old mule trail, which today is busy with hikers virtually year-round.

We recommend checking the Cinque Terre National Park website which lists all the hiking trails in the area, including trail closures. The website is also a great source of information on many other paths that are equally beautiful but much less congested compared to the iconic mule trail. But, hiking is certainly not the only way to explore these fishing villages: non-hikers can get from town to town by train, boat, or bus.

Atrani, Amalfi Coast

A couple of hours south of Rome, the lovely town of Atrani is part of Italys iconic Amalfi Coast. This town has a much more local feel compared to many of the busier towns on the Amalfi Coast such as Positano, Ravello, or Sorrento. After a few days in Atrani, you may get to know your local baker or gelataio.

We recommend walking from Atrani to the neighboring town of Amalfi via the pedestrian path that goes through the towns parking garage. Amalfi is another beautiful town with an iconic cathedral and great restaurants, and is a transportation hub for buses and boats. We also recommend heading south to another fishing village, Cetara, famous for its anchovies (which are completely different to those you may be used to, as found on American pizza!).

Cefal, Sicily

The fishing village of Cefal, on the northern coast of the island of Sicily, is a perfect seaside escape. Its known for its 12th century Norman Cathedral, which has twin towers and amazing byzantine mosaics. The town has excellent restaurants, a picturesque trail to the lighthouse, and pretty beaches. Most of all, do not miss tasting local Sicilian sweets in the towns pastry shops.

We often recommend that Italy Beyond the Obvious travelers use Cefal as a base if they want to visit, but not stay in, the chaotic city of Palermo which is just 30 minutes away by train or car.

Polignano a Mare, Apulia

If the Italian peninsula is in the shape of a boot, then the southern region of Apulia is the heel of the boot. Pretty fishing villages are sprinkled all along Apulia's Adriatic Coast. These include Polignano a Mare (pictured), Trani, Otranto, and many others that can be explored on a fun road trip.Unlike the mostly rocky beaches of Liguria and the Amalfi Coast, in Apulia the traveler can find long expanses of pristine white sand. Visitors will notice whitewashed houses in this area of Italy, reminiscent of those in Greece which is just across the sea to the south.

We also recommend heading inland a couple of hours to visit the amazing city of Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a complex of houses, churches, monasteries, and hermitages built into the natural caves of the area.

Madeline Jhawar is Owner of Italy Beyond the Obvious.

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Painting with light in Paternoster

Luxury is painting with light. Shutterbugs will be in their element when visiting Paternoster, on the west coast of South Africa. This serene and picturesque seaside village is truly a photographers paradise. To produce perfect pictures of picture perfect scenes is always a challenge. Walk with me and my camera!

Keep the golden rule of thirds

We tend to place an object right in the middle of each photo- this can become very boring. The basic rule of thirds will make most photos more interesting and pleasing to the eye. To practice this, imagine that your image is vertically transacted in three equal parts by two vertical lines and horizontally transacted in three equal parts by two horizontal lines. Good cameras give you the option to display this grid for your use. Now try to place the most important parts of your scene along these lines.

Maintainthe balance

The rule of thirds positions your main object off-centre, but it can sometimes leave an empty open area in the other two thirds of your image. Balance your main element with another smaller or less conspicuous object in the empty space.

Follow thelines

When we look at a photo, our eyes are involuntarily drawn along lines. Search for the best line to draw the viewer into your picture, or to the main subject of the photo.

With a line like a road or the jetty jutting into the water, the line should preferably not begin right in the corner of the photo.

Look for symmetry, shapes and patterns

We are surrounded by shapes and patterns; symmetry is one of the most visually strong compositions. Some patterns are made by man, some are produced by nature all around us. These symmetrical and oblique patterns catch the eye and create beauty; they play a large role in the composition of your photos. The photo of the steps is a study in symmetry-so, this in this case it works well to position the steps in the middle of the photo.

I would not have noticed the interesting geometrical lines on the body of a large fishing vessel if I had not being looking for a pattern in the smaller elements of the boats in the harbour.

Choose a different viewpoint

The composition of a photo is largely determined by your viewpoint. Instead of always shooting from eye level, go on your knee, sit or lie down and take a worm's view. Or climb onto something a take a bird's eye view from above.

Take a look at the object of your picture from the back, from the side, from afar, from close up- you will be surprized how much more interesting your pictures can be if taken from an out of the ordinary viewpoint.

Create a focal point

By using a shallow field depth, one of the plants is sharply in focus while the rest are blurred in the background. As a result one really notices the detail of this one stem of flowers; it doesn'tdisappear in the field of Watsonia lilies.

Explore thedepths

One can create three dimensional depth in a photo by making a composition that includes objects in the forefront, the middle and the background of the photo.

Form a frame

Objects can often make perfect frames inside the artificial frame around your photo. An archway, a hole in a rock, the branch of a tree. This draws the attention to the scene inside the frame. In the photo the sides of two ships and the nautical cables frame the blue lagoon, while an unframed photo taken over the lagoon, would have made must less of an impression.

Crop to get what you want

All photo editors give you the facility to crop your photos. However, the quality of your photo will be much better if you crop it as well as possible with the camera, compared to taking a photo of the whole lagoon and then cropping it afterwards to show one seagull.

Freezethe motion

Phenomenal effects of movement can be achieved when photographing the waves of the sea or a waterfall. The less light you have and the slower the shutter speed, the more dramatic the visual effect will be.

Happy shooting!

Celine Renaud is Head of Sales forLeo Trippi.

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