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 hikes, beaches, good network of ferries, and great food, you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled upon an undiscovered gem.
- 30 minutes to the church of San Rocco: a bit of uphill and then a gentle slope takes you to the pretty church of San Rocco. It’s a walk through olive groves, with a gorgeous view of Camogli and even Genoa in the distance. The path is signposted and marked with 2 red dots along the way.
- 2.5 hours to the fishing village and Abbey of San Fruttuoso (photo below): used as an abbey, a home for fishermen, a den for pirates, and then the property of Princes, the Abbey is now open for visits (except Mondays). San Fruttuoso is also a fishing village with a few restaurants, but is accessible only by boat or on foot.
- 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.
- 4 hours from Camogli to Portofino, 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).
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