How do you capture it’s magic? This Italian seaside town is built into a rugged mountainside where stucco houses are transformed by "trompe l’oeil" painting that gives the illusion of blocks, cornices, and balconies.
Tiny alleyways intersect staircases that stretch for 30, 50, 70 steps or more and deliver you to lovely streets where it’s impossible to resist pasta, pastry, seafood, and local Ligurian wine.
Getting to Camogli is an easy and inexpensive train ride from Genoa (3.60 euros each) and the views of the sea along the way take your breath away.Pesto - a Ligurian invention - rules most menus, but scallops under eggplant parmigiana at Primula was Nancy’s favorite.
We had many great meals, including home-cooked chicken al pesto with fresh ricotta-filled ravioli purchased at Pasta Fresca Fiorella a few doors down from our apartment. But our favorite restaurant was La Bossa. The food was beautifully presented, tasted amazing, and the jazz soundtrack was excellent.
For a change of pace we rode one stop on the train to Santa Margherita Ligure - a slightly larger town with just as much charm. We’ll be back to Camogli in November with our nephew Patrick where it will be our home base for treks to Porto Fino, Cinque Terre, and Genoa.
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