Camogli, What to see

Camogli: 5 things to see absolutely

Italian Version 🇮🇹

Camogli: 5 things to see absolutely

✅ Before starting with the reading, we put below some really interesting links, all in English. Take a look! 😉

Camogli: let’s go together, discovering 5 truly unmissable things in Camogli!

This is our definitive guide to Camogli and its wonderful corners, such an amazing place, famous all over the world.

If you are planning a visit to the Ligurian town, remember to visit as many places as possible among them. 

You will be surprised by the incredible variety of emotions that this small village will be able to give you!

Camogli-porticciolo
Wonderful Camogli! – Photo by Claudio Fasce, from our Gruppo Facebook

Just a little but important tip. 

Parking in Camogli – especially on summer and on the weekends – is practically impossible.

For a day visit, we recommend you the use of public transport (bus, train, boat), or to park in Recco and reach Camogli walking. Just few minutes on a splendid promenade, by the sea.

LET’S GO with the 5 THINGS TO SEE ABSOLUTELY IN CAMOGLI! 👇

1️⃣ The walk

The Camogli promenade is famous all over the world for its scenic beauty. The “stroll” starts from largo Simonetti,

Camogli, padellone Sagra del Pesce
Sagra del Pesce frying pan – Photo by Ina Zukauskiene, from the Gruppo Facebook

unmistakable for the large frying pan (Photo 👆 up) leaning against the wall which, since 1952, is the main protagonist of the Camogli Fish Festival.

Camogli, passeggiata e spiaggia
Amazing night in Camogli – Photo By Alessandro Montefori, from our Gruppo Facebook

The road continues narrow between the tall historic buildings and, after a few meters, leads to the seafront, which descends towards the marina.

The promenade owes its present appearance to the works carried out in 1913. At that time, it was decided to tear down the buildings “in the front row” (they were also in poor condition on the sea side) – creating this beautiful “promenade”.

Camogli, Passeggiata e Porticciolo
What a view from the drone! – Photo by Salvatore Castiglione, from our Gruppo Facebook

The underlying beach was instead enlarged and reinforced with the material resulting from the construction of the railway tunnels, dug under the Valico di Ruta di Camogli.

2️⃣ Santa Maria Assunta and the Dragonara Castle

At the end of the promenade, overlooking the marina, there are the basilica of Santa Maria Assunta and the Dragonara Castle .

They are both erected on the so-called “island”, originally a small promontory, just connected to the mainland, surrounded by walls, to guarantee a refuge for the inhabitants in case of danger.

Camogli, isola di Camogli
The ancient Island of Camogli – Isola di Camogli

Santa Maria Assunta church, was built in the twelfth century and remodeled several times over the course of history.

Interiors are decorated in Baroque style and houses a valuable Deposition by the famous genovese artist Luca Cambiaso, with works by Bernardo Castello and Domenico Fiasella.

Camogli, chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta
Santa Maria Assunta Church – photo by Dante Bergamini, from our Gruppo Facebook

The history of the Dragonara Castle is also rather troubled.

It was built in the twelfth century, then destroyed and damaged several times – by the Milanese, the Genoese and the pirates – and (fortunately) rebuilt each time.

Camogli, Castello della Dragonara
Dragonara Castle – Photo by Dante Bergamini, from the Gruppo Facebook

In addition to being a defensive structure, also from pirate attacks, it was a meeting place for the community and a prison. In recent times (until the early 2000s) was the seat of the small Aquarium of Camogli. Today, it hosts various cultural activities.

At the foot of the island, there is the small port, with its two porticoed sides and the beautiful decorated square in Rissêu, the typical genoese cobbled mosaic, present on the parvises of the churches in Liguria.

3️⃣ San Fruttuoso

Once in Camogli, you must organize a visit to San Fruttuoso, where you’ll find the ancient Abbey of San Fruttuoso di Capodimonte

It’s surrounded by the green of the Portofino promontory and by the blue of its wonderful sea.

Abbazia di San Fruttuoso
San Fruttuoso Abbey, arriving with the ferry – Photo by Lorenza Brunetti, from our Gruppo Facebook

San Fruttuoso can only be reached by sea, or by the paths of the Monte di Portofino.

The Abbey of San Fruttuoso has maintained all its wild but enchanting charm over the centuries, thanks above all to the difficulty of access.

Those difficulties that convinced a group of monks, around the middle of the XVV century, to move to this corner of the coast, which was already known by sailors and devotees.

Sailors, came here to get water from a spring, which is still active today. Latters revered the ashes of San Fruttuoso de Tarragona, brought here from Spain.

Abbazia di San Fruttuoso
San Fruttuoso Abbey – Photo by Rosa Olivari, from our Gruppo Facebook

In 1983, the abbey was left by the Doria family to the FAI. Now, can be visited by paying the entrance ticket. ( Here you will find timetables and costs )

There’s more. A few meters away from the beach of San Fruttuoso, about 10 meters deep, you can also admire the wonderful Christ of the Abyss.

4️⃣ Punta Chiappa

Ideally halfway between Camogli and San Fruttuoso, there’s Punta Chiappa: a real corner of paradise, where nature, history and tradition intertwine.

It is a language pudding-rock, the tip of which extends to the sea from Portofino, the Park of Portofino and the Marine Protected Area.

Punta Chiappa
Punta Chiappa – Photo by Emanuele Silvano Foppiani, from our Gruppo Facebook

Punta Chiappa, an ancient village, once the hub of fishing activities, is now a place where the fishing tradition is enhanced and disseminated, through restaurants and the little Fishing Museum. 

Since ancient times, and still today, the Tonnara of Camogli has been lowered 400 meters from Punta Chiappa, towards Camogli.

Punta Chiappa, battello
Punta Chiappa, view from the ferry – photo by Marisa Saragni, from our Gruppo Facebook

The rocky spur of Punta Chiappa extends towards the open sea, for about 50 meters and is a real watershed between Golfo Paradiso to the west, and Tigullio Gulf to the east.

As San Fruttuoso, it can only be reached by sea – with the ferries service – or by land, with the paths that descend from San Rocco di Camogli and Monte di Portofino.

5️⃣ San Rocco di Camogli

Let’s now leave the coast and go up the hill.

We go towards Ruta di Camogli, then continuing to the right, towards San Rocco di Camogli, one of the most beautiful corners in Liguria.

San Rocco is a hamlet of Camogli, with just over 200 inhabitants, located at 221 meters above sea level.

Camogli
What a view from San Rocco di Camogli! – Photo by Alessandro Montefiori, From our Gruppo Facebook

From here, the panoramic view on Camogli, Golfo Paradiso, Genoa and the entire coast to the west… is truly magnificent!

The residential area of ​​San Rocco is mainly developed along the only road, that leads from Ruta di Camogli to the hamlet, and to the church (San Rocco Church – Photo below)

San Rocco di Camogli, Chiesa di San Rocco
San Rocco Church – Photo by Dante Bergamini, from our Gruppo Facebook

In addition to the beauty of the place and the sacredness of the church building, San Rocco is an important starting point for numerous pedestrian paths. We point out the three main ones.

The first path – starts right from the church square – and leads down to Camogli, through various flights of stairs, alongside the Gentile stream, admiring splendid villas and cultivated strips.

San Rocco di Camogli
San Rocco di Camogli – Photo by Rosa Olivari, from our Gruppo Facebook

The second path, starts from the side of the church and leads to the underlying ancient church of San Nicolò di Capodimonte (Photo below). 

San Nicolò di Capodimonte-San Rocco di Camogli
San Nicolò di Capodimonte Churc – Photo by Arianna Vicini, from our Gruppo Facebook

From here, you can continue along until the small village of Porto Pidocchio and then reach Punta Chiappa .

The third path, always starts from the side of the church of San Rocco. This time, take a short staircase and continue uphill (about 20 minutes), up to Portofino Vetta.

Portofino Vetta, Portofino Kulm
Portofino Vetta, and the Portofino Kulm Hotel (now closed) – Photo by Silvano Foppiani, dal Gruppo Facebook

In San Rocco, every year, on August 16, during the patronal celebrations of the hamlet, is held the very famous ” International Dog Fidelity Award “.

San Rocco di Camogli, premio del cane
Photo by Isabella Foppiani, from our Gruppo Facebook

Dogs that have distinguished themselves for their loyalty to the owner or for positive outcomes and heroic actions in calamitous episodes, are rewarded.

Another event not to be missed (in July) is the Sagra della Capponadda, a famous gastronomic festival, in honor of the Caponadda, a fish dish, typical of the ancient poor Camogli cuisine.

Rispondi