The Amalfi Coast and the Cinque Terre may be the most well-known spots in Italy for walking trails with incredible views of the Mediterranean coastline; but here’s an equally spectacular, more off-the-beaten track suggestion: spend a few days in the fishing village of Camogli (photo below), just 30 minutes south of Genoa and about an hour up from the famous Cinque Terre. With its short – but not easy – hikes, beaches, good network of ferries, and great food, you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled upon an undiscovered gem.
Hikes from Camogli
Hike 30 minutes to the church of San Rocco
Hike 2.5 hours to the fishing village and Abbey of San Fruttuoso (photo below):
Hike about an hour to Punta Chiappa:
Visit San Rocco on your way, or head straight to Punta Chiappa, and lie on the beach or jump straight into the sea to cool off after your hike. It’s worth going to Punta Chiappa just to eat lunch or dinner at the Trattoria Do Spadin, which has great typical regional fare. (Info: Via San Nicolò Capodimonte, 55 Punta Chiappa, tel. 0185770624.) The restaurant is accessible only on foot or by boat, therefore its opening times depend on the ferries (and hence the weather), so definitely call ahead to check.
Hike 4 hours from Camogli to Portofino
This hike takes you via San Rocco and San Fruttuoso. After the San Fruttuoso Abbey, there’s a steep climb up, then the trail is fairly flat until the descent down into Portofino (90 minutes hiking from San Fruttuoso).
Hike to San Fruttuoso or Punta Chiappa one-way, have a long Italian lunch, and then take the boat back to Camogli (or the train, if you’ve hiked to Portofino). If there are people in your party who don’t want to hike at all, they can take the boat there, meet you, and take the boat back again.
What to see and do in Camogli
Getting to Camogli
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