Camogli is a hidden gem in Liguria as most people go to Portofino. Portofino is beautiful, just be ready to get your wallet out and pay a little more! There is a reason why Pucci and Paul & Shark are there!
This hidden gem is in the north-west of Italy on the Ligurian coast, near Genoa about 45 minutes by the train or car and approx 2 hours 45 minutes from Milan. Camogli is on the other side of the Portofino hill and is slightly bigger, it has a larger selection of restaurants and has the normal price tags of local restaurants.
Camogli means housewife as, it was the village of the fishermen and it was where the women lived, waiting for their husbands to return.
It is a beautiful seaside fishing town with a beach and a little harbour with a small ferry boat that goes to neighbouring towns on the Riviera. They stop in San Fruttuoso, Punta Chiappa, Recco, Cinque Terra or even to Genoa.
The buildings are painted with pretty patterns and even have painted on the walls window shutters and some with a cat sitting on the window ledge. All the buildings are colours of yellow, terracotta, green and pink.
There are lovely little shops with handmade shoes and clothes, artwork, quirky souvenirs and jewellery. So, you can find something different and not pay a fortune for it.
Most of the restaurants are all on the waterfront with a fantastic view of the ocean, Portofino hill and the church. They mainly serve fish and seafood and of course the local dishes.
Pasta with pesto, pansotti (walnut sauce with spinach and ricotta filled pasta), focaccia del formaggio (very thin cheese pie the size and depth of a pizza) and farinata (thin bread, the size of a pizza made of chickpea flour), great for the gluten free gang! There are a lot of gluten-free dishes in most of the restaurants in Camogli.
Here you should try anchovies and clams with spaghetti, they are the best! There is a gelato shop under the arch that is a must to go to if you visit. This my favourite gelato shop and there are lots of flavours to choose from.
If you fancy a beach day you can sit on the small public beach, but get there early! Or use one of the private beaches and pay for a sun lounger for the day. In Liguria and most parts of Italy, the beaches are private and they provide sun loungers, deck chairs, umbrella, changing room, showers, toilets and a beach bar/restaurant for a charge.
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- Camogli is very photogenic from every angle so pack your camera or phone. I take all my photos with my iPhone.
- If you are driving to Camogli get there early as the car park is not big.
- The shops close between 1 pm – 3/4 pm, so if you want to shop go early.
- Weather in the summer months: 20*C – 30*C
- Wear sunscreen and insect repellent. I like sunscreen by Neutrogena as it is a fine spray and very easy to apply and I use Jungle Formula insect repellent as it does the job.
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