The Most Photogenic Locations in Italy by Melissa Schollaert

Today’s journal entry is a stunning guest post put together by travel photographer extraordinaire, Melissa Schollaert. Melissa is an American photographer based in Atlanta and travels frequently to Europe for wedding, branding and travel photography. To say she shares my passion for the Italian way of life is an understatement. Italy is not only in her heritage, but it’s her favorite destination in the world for both work and play.

Through her work and passion for photography, Melissa also has a magnificent collection of fine art prints which are available through her online store and gallery. I was first drawn to her soft and romantic imagery a couple of years ago when she worked with Carla Coulson. Carla is the photographer who shot all the photos for the Lois Avery launch. Needless to say, I was so excited when Melissa agreed to share what she considers the most photogenic locations in Italy.

Melissa, take it away!

I've always marveled at the fact that each city I have traveled to in Italy feels almost like its own country. Each town transports you to what seems like another planet completely, far removed from the others. All of them offer so many beautiful things to photograph and it's hard to pick the most photogenic spots because all of them certainly qualify. Here are a few, yet not all, of the most photogenic locations I've been lucky enough to capture!

Amalfi Coast


If you've ever traveled to the Amalfi Coast, you will know why this area is a favorite amongst travelers; hills and cliffs that plummet down towards the blue sea and rainbows of umbrellas and fishing boats overflowing with seafood. With so many vantage points along the coast, as well as the views available from the hills above to the beaches below, you'll immediately see why this is an amazing location to capture photos.



Located in the northeast corner of Italy, between Venice and Austria lies the land of my ancestors in the Dolomite Mountains of Italy. You may feel as if you've entered a completely different country with the snow-covered mountains rising up high into the sky. If you've never seen the Alps, it's truly a sight to see and took my breath away. You can hike the trails around Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the summer or explore the snow-covered mountains and frozen lakes in the winter to experience this area in both seasons.



La Bella Venezia is truly one of a kind. A city filled with magic and mystery where everyone travels only on foot or by boat. Because of this, there are many vantage points to be had in and around Venice and the surrounding islands. My favorite time of year to travel there is in the late fall when the fog rolls in and creates a mysterious atmosphere throughout the canals.

Cinque Terre


One of my favorite locations is the sun-drenched and pastel-hued villages of the Cinque Terre. It's rolling hillsides filled with terraced vineyards dive down into the beautiful waters below. You can hike between each town through private properties and cultivated trees and vines, exploring the hillsides above the sea. Each trail provides a unique vantage point to explore and you get to experience life from a local's point of view. You can also take the train between each town, however, another amazing way to see this coastline is by boat, providing even more opportunities for the perfect photograph.



Tuscany is filled with so many beautiful locations from rural farms to charming medieval cities. The best way to see the countryside in Tuscany is by taking a road trip via car and exploring the rolling hills and olive groves at a leisurely pace. Climb to the top of the cities of Cortona or Orvieto for breathtaking views of the surrounding land.

Also, not to miss is Florence. Meander through her maze of medieval streets, walk along the Arno River, and climb up to Piazzale Michelangelo in the Oltrarno neighborhood for incredible sunset views of the city. My favorite spot to enjoy the sunset is the rooftop bar on top of Hotel Continentale with a 360-degree view of the city, river, Duomo and all of Florence.

Wow! I’ve basically organised my next trip to Italy simply by reading Melissa’s article. I’m incredibly humbled she took the time to put this post together for me and you, my Lois Avery readers. I’m also extremely grateful and excited to share she’s provided a 25% off discount code for any prints, canvases or framed prints in her online store! The code is ILOVEITALIA and is valid until 31 May 2019. Shop her gallery here.

To keep up with Melissa online, you can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Or on her website.

Thank you so much again to Melissa for sharing her list of top photogenic locations in Italy. I’m definitely feeling inspired to catch an Italian sunset sooner rather later.

All images courtesy of Melissa Schollaert.

Jennie Hogg