Camogli Travel Summary

Camogli is charming fishing village to destination very popular with Italians boasting impressive ochre & pastel-coloured houses, a picturesque harbour and a small fortress.  It is located on the west side of the peninsula of Portofino between Genoa and the Cinque Terre to the south.

The Camogli Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Camogli:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!


1. An introduction and brief history to this town:

Camogli is  probably most famous for its colourful houses and buildings in the old town which are painted utilising Trompe L’Oeil techniques.  I love Camogli as it is lesser visited by international tourists than the Cinque Terre and Portofino and retains a distinct Italian feel.

Thanks to its ancient maritime traditions, Camogli is also known as the city of “the Thousand White Sailing Ships”  The promenade and harbour is lovely place to relax and take a stroll with the harbour maintaining its traditional feel with a sizable number of traditional fishing boats lining the harbour.

You can visit the Castle of Dragonara which dates back to the 12th century and there are a couple of museums with the centre.  The Museo Marinaro houses a collection of nautical objects from Napoleon Bonaparte period and the Museo Civico Archeologico which houses a number of archaeological artefacts.

The town is also very popular for hiking and includes well marked paths up to the San Frutuosso and along the coast and national park up to Portofino.


2. What to See:

San Fruttuoso Bay

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • San Fruttuoso is a small fishing village located in a beautiful bay at the foot of Mount Portofino, reachable only by sea or on foot
  • The Abbey of San Fruttuoso di Capodimonte sits proudly on the bay and dates from the 8th century
  • You can also see the impressive Doria’s Tower built into the Bay’s cliffs


Camogli Harbour

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Camogli’s harbour and old town is a delight to walk around with its impressive ochre and pastel-coloured houses
  • There is a great selection of restaurants along the promenade and harbour


Santa Maria Assunta

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Santa Maria Assunta is a church located in a fantastic location near the sea and next to the Castello della Dragonara castle
  • The Baroque interior is impressive – layered with a gold ceiling and columns, marble monuments and beautiful chandeliers


Visit Portofino

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The walk from Camogli to Portofino through the Regional Natural Park of Portofino is very scenic
  • There are several beaches and Castello Brown that veer off into the National Park
  • Portofino is probably most famous for it the super-yachts that docked within its harbour
  • Almost in contrast to the Cinque Terre, Portofino is perfectly manicured with its luxurious hotels, pristine streets and glowing pastel colours villas.
  • Boutiques, art galleries, cafes and restaurants line the tiny streets. Diving, hiking and beach-going are popular local pastimes, and there are some historic sights like the Church of St. Martin (Divo Martino) and the Castello Brown hilltop fortress




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