Camogli is only a short drive from Pisa. I arrived in Camogli by car with a friend of mine, and I definitely was able to relate to the ‘hidden’ part. I parked at the top of the town and explored on foot. There is limited access to vehicles in the town itself. As I descended from the car park towards the town Camogli was really pleasant , the seafront area was lovely. I fall in love with the harbour and the seafront, attractively surrounded by tall pastel-painted houses . There were lots of cafes and shops all around that diverted my attention!
The origins of Camogli date back to the prehistory. Around the year one thousand, when the village was property of Milan Diocese, Camogli started to be known as a maritime hamlet, keeping this characteristic over the centuries, under the dominion of the Republic of Genoa.
In 1797 Camogli was included by Napoleon Bonaparte in the Tigullio Gulf Department, with Rapallo as county town. After the Battle of Abukir, where the French fleet was totally destroyed, the Camogli ship owners began to pour money into new merchant ships, receiving many requests by the main European governments. In 1856 the Camogli fleet counted on about 580 ships which were all booked in the local “Mutual Maritime Insurance”. In that period this company was the only one of that kind in Europe and Camogli one of the most powerful marine cities. At the end of 19th century, with the rising of steamboat sailing, Camogli main activities turned into fishing and tourism.
Camogli is a a true hidden gem of Liguria. The little colored houses face the sea and the sun shines on them. I enjoyed the Camogli’s picturesque setting. It was simply stunning. I was amazed by the blue colour of the sea,the seafront is essentially divided into two parts: the eastern section with a beach and promenade, and the western part with a harbour. The beach is of stone and pebble rather than sand, and very popular in summer. From the beach area where you arrive you can stroll along the seafront promenade as far as the small Dragonara Castle. It dates from the 15th century and now holds occasional exhibitions. Also on this headland is the other important historical monument in the town, the Basilica Santa Maria, which also overlooks the harbour. Originally dating from the 12th century, the basilica has been substantially modified over the centuries and now has an interior in the baroque style and a neo-classical facade.n the town behind the harbour, many of the houses in Camogli feature various decorative and Trompe l’Oeil effects – often painted seashells.
The best part of the day was my lunch at “La Piazzetta” offering a unique views of coastline.
You’ll find the most regional specialties here cooked to a very high standard including trofie al pesto, lasagna al forno con pesto, fresh calamari and many dishes involving anchovies. I had a grilled fish with potatos and the best White Wine in Liguria the so called “Pigato”. “Pigato” is one of Liguria’s most important grapes. Its wine is part of the denomination Riviera Ligure di Ponente, a DOC from western Liguria and the region’s biggest. This is one name you’ll want to keep an eye on when perusing the wine menu, if you’re lucky enough to find it. “Pigato” wines of Riviera Ligure di Ponente are, in their best form, aromatically complex, mineral, long-lived, and with a saline touch that comes from the nearby coastline.