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Camogli. One of Liguria’s most enchanting and romantic coastal towns 

Thursday, 16 June 2022 14:22

Camogli, one of Liguria’s most enchanting and romantic coastal towns, is a typical seaside resort with tall houses painted in bright eye-dazzling colours. This romantic and magnificent natural setting has long enchanted visitors from all over the world seeking relaxation, culture, sea, and good food. Initially dedicated to maritime and commercial activities, the town has evolved over time to include some distinctive craft activities such as spinning, weaving, and fabric dyeing.

Trompe l’oeil art 

The typical painted facades, in trompe l'oeil , depict architectural elements such as cornices, balconies, flowers, and closed shutters and are unique to this area and Liguria. In Camogli there are  numerous churches worth visiting, like the Minor Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, which overlooks the marina, built in the 12th century and with a double Ionic façade.

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Visiting churches and historic sites

Then Camogli has the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora del Boschetto, which was built on the site where legend has it, the Madonna appeared in 1500. The characteristic millennial church, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and dating back to the 13th century, is also worth seeing, as is the parish church of San Rocco in the hamlet of San Rocco di Camogli, which has a panoramic view of the Golfo Paradiso. The small Dragonara Catle, built in medieval times to protect the village and the entire region, is a find example of civil architecture and the distinctive Punta Chiappa Battery, built between the 1930s and 1940s and used during WWII, is well worth a visit.

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A martime museum 

For lovers of the sea and history, we recommend a visit to Camogli's Maritime Museum with its many sea paintings and curious ships in bottles. Among the latter is a bottle that depicts the houses of Camogli, as well as sailing ships and the port. There is also a section for models and ships as well as part of the German torpedo that sank the English steamship Washington during World War I.

Trails and caves for hiking lovers

Trekking enthusiasts can take one of the many scenic trails that connect Camogli to the hamlet of Ruta and on to Punta Chiappa, a typical seaside village named after a pointed rock jutting out into the sea. The magnificent 12th century Romanesque church of San Nicola di Capodimonte is on one of these trails. Divers should  not miss the many caves, in particular the Prawns Cave at Punta Chiappa, which gets its name from the presence of many very small prawns that completely cover the walls. Small lobsters, crabs, and corals can also be found inside.

Movida and an underwater statue

Around the port and along Camogli’s promenade there are many small clubs, restaurants, and shops where you can spend the afternoons and evenings. It is worth visiting San Fruttuoso Bay which is accessible up a steep path or by boat. The little village is built around the monumental complex of the abbey of San Fruttuoso di Capodimonte. Divers must not miss the chance to see the famous Christ of the Abyss, a work by Guido Galletti that was placed on the  seabed in San Fruttuoso Bay in 1954

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