The Traveler: Diane Burns of Faribault, Minn.

The scene: Manarola, on Italy’s Mediterranean Coast, takes on rich tones as the sun sets. Hovering above the sea, this village is one of five that are linked by a walking path. Together, those villages make up the country’s famous Cinque Terre, which translates as “five lands.”

The destination: “Manarola is one of my favorite places in Italy,” Burns wrote in an e-mail. She and her husband visited all five villages, which collectively are designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cliff-hugging trail that links the villages offers sweeping views of the sea. “The Cinque Terre is such a beautiful area with several hiking trails,” she wrote. “All of the villages have their own special charm. Manarola is tiny and picturesque, with its hillsides covered with vineyards.” Note that parts of the trail are closed for repairs; find more information online at

How I got this shot: “We walked the trail up the hillside, and found a place among all of the other people with the same idea. The opportunity to meet people from many different countries made the wait for dusk more enjoyable,” Burns wrote. She used a Nikon Coolpix P610.

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