Camogli is a small fishing village in a sleepy section of the Italian Riviera, only a half-hour outside of Genoa. It has a privileged position on a hilly outcrop overlooking the sea and there are stunning vistas at almost every turn. Old, colorful buildings line the town’s rocky beach, while the city streets are a labyrinth of twisting lanes and walkways impassable by cars.
Free from the tourist hordes of other Italian towns, instead imagine old-world scenes of men drinking espressos, children playing in squares and fishing boats in the harbor. Visitors will definitely enjoy the town’s quiet wine bars, excellent restaurants and picturesque charm.
What to Eat/Drink
Aperitivo is one northern Italian tradition that cannot be missed. It’s a type of happy-hour special when bars offer free-flow snacks and sandwiches with the purchase of drinks. Almost every bar offers an aperitivo, but look around for the best deals as the bars vary greatly on type and amount of food provided. Lunch aperitivos usually begin around noon, while evening aperitivos are from 7 – 9 p.m.
For dinner, there’s no shortage of excellent restaurants in Camogli, one of which is Ristorante Rosa. This restaurant is situated on a hill overlooking Camogli and the harbor. Its atmosphere is casual, but romantic, and the excellent views are the main attraction. Make sure to try their delicious homemade pastas, especially trofie, which is a northern Italian specialty.
Where to Stay
There are a number of villas in Camogli that have been converted into bed and breakfasts, and they’re great for a romantic and peaceful stay. Stay in the heart of the town for the most convenient location, or instead look for a bed and breakfast in the hills just outside of town for a quiet alternative with excellent views.
Take a look at Bed-and-Breakfast-in-Italy.com to see a list of bed and breakfasts in Camogli.
To and From
Camogli has its own rail station and can be reached from Genoa by train in only 30 minutes. Visit the Trenitalia website for more information on rail travel in Italy.
Nearby attractions include the seaside towns of Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino. Portofino is well known throughout Europe as a hot spot for jetsetters and wealthy travelers.