Camogli, is a splendid small fishing town situated on the west side of the Portofino penisola, in the Paradise Gulf on the Levante Ligurian riviera. Spring is maybe the most magical season to visit this precious gem, a piece of the Ligurian Coast that has preserved a genuine and antique spirit, a timeless elegance. Simple and well kept beauty that is bursting with color and longing to express its most precious perfumes.
Fried fresh fish at the harbour
The old fashioned atmosphere is one of the characteristics of Camogli, and makes it the perfect place to linger, sipping a glass of vermentino or pigato in one of the small cafés on the beach or grabbing a fried fish cone at the most “original” restaurant, Pesce Pazzo, situated in a small fishing boat at the harbor. The fish doesn’t get fresher than this, and enjoying it in this simple street food style, makes the taste and experience even more authentic and valuable. One portion costs 8 euros, and 2 euros a glass of wine. Then you just go and pick a favorite spot at the harbor and enjoy it in the company of the happy Camogli seagulls.
Pesce Pazzo is run by the Camogli Fishermen cooperative, and is open from noon until 17 pm on weekends and everyday in July and August. It is also possible to pay 2 euros to be seated at the cooperative’s local if you desire more comfort enjoying your fish cone.
Genuine spirit of a fisherman village
At the old harbor, the daily life of the fishermen continues, independently from high or low tourist season, and you breathe the freshness of the treasure of the sea together with the wisdom of the traditions.
Camogli’s long tradition fish is celebrated in a special event every year o the second Sunday of May, and this year it will be the 68th edition of La Sagra del Pesce. The festival plays an important role in the heart of the Camogli people, for the fact that it represents and tells of the past of the traditions. It has become an anchoring memory treasure for transmitting to future generations, the genuine sensations of the simple life, the true taste of it for them to relive.
But there is much more than fish
The cuisine of Camogli isn’t though all about fish, even it obviously is the center of its food traditions. The Ligurian pesto is always near, and the riviera’s focaccia bread would deserve a place in paradise. In fact it is in paradise, Camogli being in the Paradise gulf. A typical “must taste” local sweet are Camogliesi al rhum. After the fried fish street food lunch, staying in spartan picnic theme why not find a privacy spot in between the sea rocks at the beach and enjoy your Camogli sweet in close company of the murmuring sea?
Those are not stones, but Camogliesi al rhum. Puff pastry balls, filled with creamy chocolate rum custard and covered with chocolate and icing sugar. We’re topping profiteroles here.
The intime Camogli spring seaside comunicating its perfumes and colors in all its splendor
Camogli spring, to be continued……