Basilica Minore di Santa Maria Assunta

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Camogli

Camogli - Trompe L'oeil detail
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Camogli is a tiny fisherman village located on the Golfo Paradiso in the Italian Riviera. The town is part of the Portofino Marine Protected Area.

During the Middle Ages the village was an important seaport. Camogli was also known as the “city of a thousand white sails” thanks to the presence of a fleet of Tall Ships.

At the end of the 18th century the city felt under the Napoleon dominion for a short period of time. Here in 1798 Napoleon gathered a big part of his fleet that later was destroyed in Egypt by Admiral Nelson.

Camogli soon became very popular among ship captains that chose to retire in this lovely and peaceful village.

After the town was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy a very important Naval College, The Cristoforo Colombo, was opened here.

Today the main industry is tourism. Camogli and the other enchanting Italian Riviera Villages every years are chosen as relaxing destinations by hundreds of holidaymakers.

Its distinctive colourful houses, the stunning views from its harbour, mild climate and good food.. Camogli is the perfect location for a unforgettable holiday!

Things to see

While discovering this little gem tourists can enjoy the visit of gorgeous Churches and few lovely buildings. Start your tour with the stunning Basilica Minore di Santa Maria Assunta, built in the Ionic Style during the 12th century; the Basilica has a lovely double facade that faces directly the harbour. Beautiful is also the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Wood erected where once, the legend says, the Madonna appeared at the beginning of the 16th century. Also the Church of San Rocco of Camogli and the Millenaria Church are worth a visit.

During the Middle Ages the Dragonara Castle was erected in order to protect the town and the coast from pirates and other invaders.

While wondering around the village take a closer look to some of the houses, you will notice very soon the frequent use of the trompe l’oeil technique. Many buildings in fact have painted facades; architectonic elements like shutters, cornices and pedestals are painted on to the walls of the houses in order to make them look more elaborate or simply to add an element of decor!