Up the coast a bit and just a short train ride from Santa Margherita Ligure is the colorful fishing village of Camogli. (Click here for the Italian pronunciation). With a lovely seaside promenade and a large beach area (although rocky, not sandy), this is a popular spot for vacationing Italians.
“Lore has it that Camogli, shortened from case delle mogli (“house of wives”), got its name from the women who watched over the town while their fishermen husbands were away,” writes Conde Naste Traveler.
Even though we visited on a weekday, the beach was busy and streets were full, as it was Italian Liberation Day, a national holiday.
As I discovered in Santa Margherita Ligure, the buildings in Camogli are decorated in trompe l’oeil, which adds unique charm.
Of course, I cannot resist a libreria….
Making our way back to the train station, I was thrilled to find this oversized padella, which was actually used in past years during Camogli’s annual Sagra del Pesce — fish festival. Click on the links to read more in Italian or English, or find some details in the second photo below.
A day exploring an Italian village is never complete without a delicious meal, and Husband found us a great restaurant — Ristorante da Paolo — tucked into town, away from the day’s crowd.
Although we had our first travel mis-step of the trip (as, in my excitement/language gap I scooted us onto the wrong train), we ended up in the right spot eventually due to the kindness of a local mom and the station workers who all came to our rescue.
I’m thrilled to have experienced the beauty of Camogli in person.
In the background, Camogli’s Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta.