The Cinque Terre villages of Italy are probably the most well known villages of the Ligurian Coast of Italy though there many other towns that deserve attention.
Being so close to our beloved Piemonte region, we often return here to explore a few more villages along the coast.
We love staying in Santa Margherita Ligure, a fun town that provides us with a central base for our travels. In five minutes you can be in Ravello, in twenty minutes you can be walking along the beachfront of Chiaveri or heading to Sestri Levante. A visit to the Cinque Terre is only one hour away. We’ve even been known to head to Monterosso for dinner!
We also love to visit Camogli. Often we walk to Portofino and then catch the ferry to Camogli stopping at the Abbey of San Fruttuosa di Capodimante on the way. There is also a small fishing village not far from here.
San Fruttuosa is only accessible by sea or on foot and there are far too many hills for me! The abbey is built on the beach of a small alcove on the promontory behind Portofino.
In the early days, there was no beach and the boats used to moor under the arches. You can now tour the eighth century abbey that was built to house the remains of the matyr San Fruttuosa and also see the 10th -11th century Cloisters, the Chapter House and the Church. Parts of the Monastery are medieval, others Romanesque but before you go, ask your hotel to check that the main monastery and the Doria Bell Tower will be open.
In 1954 a life size bronze statue of the Christ of the Abyss was dropped into 15m of water just off the beach. A replica is in the church but if you want to see the original, there are glass bottom boat tours available.
Spend an hour or two here and then catch the next ferry to Camogli.
Camogli is a beautiful fishing village known for its painted houses. A stunning view welcomes you.
The centre of Camogli is its harbour filled with small fishing boats.
Around the quay, fishing nets dry adding to the atmosphere.
Camogli s not a very big town. The name Camogli, means ‘houses close to together’ and as you wander the narrow lanes, you can admire the tall pastel coloured houses many of which are decorated with trompe l’oeil features…..and washing!
A late lunch of grilled fish in one of the small restaurants along the waterfront was a perfect finish to the day before we headed to the train station for our trip back to Santa Margherita Ligure.
Have you been to Camogli?
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