I was surprised see the cover of Travel + Leisure with my beloved Camogli on the front cover. I only recently discovered it and hope that not too many tourists find themselves there this year.
From what I understand, the Italians from the region feel the same way, since Portofino has been flooded with tourist lately, I even spoke to some shop owners that didn’t know a thing about it, and seemed surprised. I went there on a day trip from Nervi, in the region of Liguria, Italy last year and returned again this week by way of Portofino.
It is a lovely town and I am not surprised it has finally hit the national spotlight, although it is currently lazy and filled with primarily Italians only. Who knows what will happen to this sleepy little town?
When I arrived last year with friends for lunch, we went there just to stroll, as it is easy on the eyes and a place to go to relax and enjoy the Italian sun and the sea. The café’s serve scrumptious fresh pastas and grilled fish.
The town is also famous for its paella and has an annual paella festival.
Our day was spent slow strolling along the boardwalk, people watching and visiting the shops, local church and cafes. Mothers with their strollers, girls laying out on the black pebbles of a beach, old men reading the newspaper or sitting in groups talking, toddlers frolicking about as their mothers chased them so they did not get too close to the water’s edge.
Camogli has that slow Italian flavor, where you just want to sit and soak it all up. On this trip, I spoke to a shop maker who is a cobbler, he offered the style and the size, then made it right in front of you. It is so amazing to me that this exists, not in a factory, but in a shop along the boardwalk.
We walked down to the end where the majestic canary yellow building stood wondering what it was. It ended up being a church and so I tucked my head inside, then strolled along the yachts and small boats in this working class Italian fishing village.
I admired the boats of all kinds, fishing, diving, sailing and each in every color.
Finally as the time passed we went for drinks to watch the sunset.
It made shimmering diamonds in my eyes from the blaring sun, making it almost unbearable to watch until it sunk below the horizon.
The beauty of the light hitting the sea made it an end to a perfect afternoon. As the sun went down, we clang our cocktails together with glee, as we knew this was a special day that we got to spend in Camogli, Italy.