Right on the “ideal” border between Tigullio and Golfo Paradiso , there is a wonderful corner, famous all over the world for its beauty: Punta Chiappa .
✅ Before starting with the reading, we put below some really interesting links in English Language, about the surroundings of Punta Chiappa. Take a look! 😉
- Camogli: 5 things to see absolutely
- The Christ of the Abyss
- Portofino Vetta, the “other” Portofino
- Genova Nervi: 3 things to see absolutely
- San Michele di Pagana: what to see?
- Tigullio: 5 Things you can’t miss!
- Rapallo Castle, the symbol of the city, by the sea
- Tigullio: 10 (and more) reason for a Winter visit
- Tigullio: 5 curious things you need to know!
- Love in Portofino: the very original song
- Portofino song: the TOP 5
- Tigullio’s TOP 5 most instgrammable places
Punta Chiappa (Camogli) – is a real corner of paradise, where nature, history and tradition intertwine.
It is a language pudding-rock, which tip juts out into the sea from Portofino, the Park of Portofino and ‘ Marine Protected Area .
Once, Punta Chiappa was the hub of activities related to fishing.
Now, this ancient fishing village is a place where the fishing tradition is enhanced and disseminated, through the restaurants and the Fishing Museum.
Since ancient times, and still today, the tonnara of Camogli has been lowered 400 meters from Punta Chiappa, towards Camogli.
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 to the east.
The Altar and George Byron
On this tiny peninsula, has been raised an altar, dedicated to the Stella Maris, with a mosaic by Francesco Del Pozzo, depicting the Madonna and child, as she runs to the aid of some fishermen surprised by the storm. (Foto below)
The English ✍ poet George Gordon Byron, stayed in this locality, guest of Count Gerolamo Gnecco, in 1821.
Enraptured and inspired by the beauty of the landscape, he composed a short lyric, entitled “Punta Chiappa”, shown on a plaque, placed in the historic Villa Gnecco residence .
(The villa of the Count, in the twentieth century, after transformation works, was renamed “Stella Maris“)
“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore,Lord George Gordon Byron , 1821
There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more, From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before, To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.”
Why is Punta Chiappa such a wonderful place?
It’s simple: here, you can enjoy a breathtaking view!
The coast is rocky, made up of the conglomerate of the mountain, the sea is clear, blue and deep, in fact, in some points, it can reach a depth of 50 meters.
The upstream part is made up of the Mediterranean scrub. Vegetation is composed of maritime pines, olive trees, holm oaks, downy oaks, Aleppo pines and strawberry trees.
The conformation of the seabed is mainly made up of boulders and ravines, which create an ideal environment for fish: there is no shortage of sea bream, grouper, sea bream, bream and amber jack.
Furthermore, the marine currents in Punta Chiappa, favor the growth of a particular family of coral: the gorgonians .
What can I do there?
In summer, once you arrive at your destination, you definitely must have a swim or a dive: in the depths of the tip, you can meet splendid varieties of fish. Lovers of the sea, and of all that it contemplates … this is the right place for you!
Out of season, taking advantage of the good weather, it is a wonderful place to relax in the sun, that illuminates Punta Chiappa, for most of the day.
As well, you can enjoy a wonderful 180 ° view, in particular towards Genoa and the Riviera di Ponente: you will be delighted! 👇
How to reach Punta Chiappa
Punta Chiappa can be reached only in two ways:
By boat. Using ferries – the Golfo Paradiso boats, with departures from Camogli and Recco.
On foot. By the panoramic path, among the splendid vegetation along the sea, which starts from San Rocco di Camogli and goes down to Punta Chiappa, passing through the locality of San Nicolò di Capodimonte.