"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer."
Current position on planet Earth: Hong Kong
24 January, 2012

More From The Beautiful Cinque Terre

The Beauty Of Surrender – Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

Back in 2010 when I just started getting into travel photography, my wife and I visited our good friends near Florence, Italy. There, sitting in the living room was this amazing picture of colorful Italian buildings built into a seaside mountain. For me It had every visual element of a great photograph. At the time I had no idea that The Cinque Terre region even existed, let alone that it contained such unique and special beauty. I remember writing down in my notebook the word: Riomaggiore.

Flash forward to now and my wife and I travel full time, exploring and photographing unique places all over the world. Out of everywhere I’ve been, hands down, Cinque Terre is the most beautiful. The vista points blew our minds and we instantly fell in love. I’ve had a long love affair with the sea and for me, Cinque Terre embodied the perfect synergistic balance between civilization and the ocean. I instantly felt comfortable, at peace, and at home. To this day, my photos from Cinque Terre continue to be some of my greatest inspiration.
 
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A Sincere Thank You to Scott Kelby

Yesterday, I was honored and humbled to find out that Scott Kelby listed BlameTheMonkey.com as the “Best New Blog For Photographers.” — Part of his 3rd Annual “Best of 2011 Awards.

He also has Crazy Stupid Love as the best romantic comedy of 2011 and I couldn’t agree more. That movie has kept me laughing out loud on multiple flights… And, there’s a lot more cool stuff on there too. Check it out. :)

About the Author

Elia Locardi is an internationally recognized professional travel and destination photographer, writer, public speaker and educator who spends his life seeking out and capturing some of the most beautiful and inspirational locations in the world. Recently featured by Professional Photographer Magazine, CNet Australia, and Wacom USA, Elia has cultivated an engaged social media following of nearly 2.5 million people across Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram. On the road full-time, he teaches the Art of Photography here on www.BlameTheMonkey.com, collaborates with various brands, sponsors and tourism boards, and leads Photography Tours and Post-processing Workshops worldwide.

  • http://tomas.sinicak.cz Tomas Sinicak

    I found your website because of Scott’s awards :-) And I have to say, good job!

    • http://www.blamethemonkey.com Elia Locardi

      Thanks Tomas, I appreciate it! That Scott Kelby is a good guy. :)

  • http://creatingchic.com Jack

    Congratulations…truly an amazing journey.

    Cheers

    • http://www.blamethemonkey.com Elia Locardi

      Cheers Mate! :)

  • John

    Found you through Scott Kelby’s site. Glad he recommended you, great job! Look forward to following your work in the future; John

    • http://www.blamethemonkey.com Elia Locardi

      Thanks John! I’m glad you found the site. It sounds like I owe Scott Kelby a coffee next time I see him. :)

  • http://www.scottygraham.blogspot.com Scotty Graham

    Elia…I also found your site through Scott Kelby…call me your latest fan!! Outstanding work, and great blog….I will have to advertise you on Google+ as well,..I have added you to my blog roll, and look forward to reading your posts daily. By the way, I went to Cinque Terre two summers ago with my wife, and couldn’t agree with you more about the beauty there!! Awesome place!! Cheers, Scotty

    • http://www.blamethemonkey.com Elia Locardi

      Thanks Scotty — I’m glad Scott Kelby pointed you in my direction! It’s good to have you here. I read through your blog as well. I love how you’re also putting happiness above all else. Cheers Mate and thanks again!

  • http://ianmcconnellphotography.wordpress.com/ Ian McConnell

    Fantastic site. I will be a regular visitor dude.

    • http://www.blamethemonkey.com Elia Locardi

      Cool Ian. Glad to have you here!

  • http://www.greenit.org.za Gabri Rigotti

    By the way, I also had no idea that there was such a place as Cinque Terre, even with my Friuli and Trentino Alto-Adige roots.

    Of those five magnificent viillages, Vernazza for me is the ultimate one.

    Kalk Bay, in Cape Town, South Africa is my daily consolation for not being in Vernazza!

    With a name like Locardi you must also have Italian origins?

    • http://www.blamethemonkey.com Elia Locardi

      Vernazza and Riomaggiore were my favorite by far and yes, I was lucky enough to inherit an Italian Surname. :)