The best hikes (and walks) from Camogli, Liguria
1. CAMOGLI - SAN ROCCO
Difficulty: Easy / 30 mins
This thirty minute trail begins in Camogli and climbs steadily (for around 1km) through olive groves and narrow paths adorned with mosaics, to the picturesque church of San Rocco. Whilst the route is short, those with dodgy knees beware - there are over 350 steep steps to be climbed towards the end of the trail. This small village offers incredible panoramic views of the Riviera di Levante. There isn't much else to see here but you’ll find a lovely little bar, Dai Mugetti, perched high up above the bay - the perfect place to take an aperitivo and watch the sun go down.
2. CAMOGLI - PUNTA CHIAPPA
Difficulty: Easy - Medium / 70 mins
Around a 40 minute walk on from San Rocco, down many, many steps sits ‘Punta Chiappa’, a rocky promontory and one of Camogli’s best kept secrets. This hidden gem is famous for the changing colours of the surrounding sea. Its clear waters and absence of tourists makes for a sublime place to practice your breast stroke.
3. CAMOGLI - SAN FRUTTUOSO
Difficulty: Tough / 2 - 2.5hrs
Not for the faint of heart, this trek continues on from San Rocco. It’s worth the additional two hour hike, through olive groves and palms, to get to what is surely one of the most picturesque monasteries in the country. Totally isolated and accessible only by foot or boat, this Benedictine Abbey was built in the 10th Century as the final resting place for Bishop St Fracas of Tarragona. Legend has it that in the third century San Fruttuoso’s followers were shipwrecked here and protected by three white lions. Today, a large white abbey building sits on a small pebble beach where visitors can sunbathe, swim in clear waters and enjoy a meal or drink with a view, from one of the few bars in this tiny hamlet. It is also the site of ‘Christ of the Abyss’ a larger than life size bronze statue of Christ, buried fifty feet below sea level, offshore. You can take a tiny glass bottom boat out to see this spectacle.
4. CAMOGLI- PORTOFINO
Difficulty: Hard / 4hrs
Its a big, beefy walk to get from Camogli to Portofino, the jewel of the Italian Riviera (15 KM to be precise). From San Fruttuoso, take the path to ‘Base O’ and continue on along the wild clifftops to Prato, before descending into the prestigious Portofino. This route is just as beautiful as those interlinking the Five Villages of the Cinque Terre, and far quieter.
5. CAMOGLI - CARAVAGGIO
Difficulty: Hard / 2.5- 3hrs
If the novelty of walking along the rugged coastline of the Riviera di Levante has worn off, head inland to Ruta, a small village located 250m above Camogli. From here you can hike up to Santuario della Madonna di Caravaggio, which sits on the summit of Monte Orsena. This beautiful church offers spectacular views over the Paradise Gulf and the Gulf of Tiguillio.