For several hundred years an important base for shipping in the region and once described as 'the city of a thousand sailing ships' Camogli is now a small, pretty fishing town to the north-west of the Portofino peninsula (east of Genoa) and within the Portofino Regional Natural Park.
On arriving by car, park at the top of the town and explore on foot.
Your visit to Camogli will focus around the harbour, attractively edged by high pastel-painted houses, in that state of faded beauty that Italy does so well. Many of these buildings are now cafes and shops. From here you can continue along the seafront promenade.
In the town itself, many of the houses lining the narrow streets that climb the hill behind the harbour also feature various decorative and trmpe l'oeil effects - often painted seashells.
There is also a popular pebble beach at Camogli.
The most important historical monument in the town is the Basilica Santa Maria, overlooking 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.
The nearby Dragonara castle dates from the 15th century and now holds occasional exhibitions.
The highlight of the year at Camogli is the second Sunday in May when a great fish festival the Blessing of the Fish) is held - large amounts of fresh fish are fried up along the town waterfront and distributed to all present. And its free!
If you are passing some time at Camogli, the boat trips out to the Punta Chiappa - a good place for some quiet and sunbathing - and to the abbey at San Fruttuoso (in a remote location on the peninsula to the south-east of Camogli) make for popular and enjoyable excursions.
Hiking in the surrounding countryside is also very rewarding - for example the walk to the summit of Mount Portofino, from where there are lovely views out to sea.