Hotel Portofino Kulm, Camogli, near Genoa ****
A beautiful spot on the eastern Ligurian Riviera, on Italy's northern Mediterranean coast - the Hotel Portofino Kulm is next to the little fishing port of Camogli, near Genoa. Camogli sits in a natural amphitheatre, the tree-clad hills rising behind the town. View hotel
Double rooms from €153
Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi, Camogli, near Genoa ****
The Hotel Cenobiodei Dogi has a spectacular location in Camogli, near Genoa (Genova). Overlooking the coastline of the eastern Ligurian Riviera, and just a stroll away from the centre of the village, the hotel sits at a spot where the narrow shoreline drops dramatically into the northern Mediterranean. View hotel
Double rooms from €130
Hotel Casmona, Camogli ***
This attractive three-star hotel in Liguria offers guests splendid panoramic views over the Paradise Gulf from a recently restored former 19th-century villa. Set in the pretty coastal resort of Camogli, the Hotel Casmona, Camogli sits in an idyllic Mediterranean setting, around 30 kilometres from Genoa and the Cristoforo Colombo international... View hotel
Double rooms from €50
According to Charles Dickens, Camogli was 'the saltiest, roughest, most piratical little place' when the great writer paid a visit in 1844. Of course Dickens was fond of a little local colour, and if it was wanting he would happily dip into his palette for a spot more. But Camogli, which for good or ill, is a slightly more sanitised place these days, does have a raffish history. This is a lovely little town, and it's still possible to scent the 'smell of fish and seaweed and old rope' that Dickens found so appealing. Amazingly, this little town of 5700 people once supported a navy of 700 ships, big enough to see off Napoleon Bonaparte.
At times, the whole town took to sea, giving rise to one of the two roots of the name 'Camogli'. The first is 'houses close together' (you'll see why when you wander through the crumbling jumble of an old town). The second meaning is 'houses of wives'. With the men away at sea for years at a time, it was left to the women of Camogli to run the town and the port. In those days, Camogli was cut off from its neighbours in Genoa (Genova) province, on Liguria's Italian Riviera. The coming of steam saw an end to that, and now the railway and road give easier access to Camogli. It's still a place of immense charm though, and sights include the Castello della Dragonara. Ferries run out to Punta Chiappa, San Sruttuoso, Portofino, Recco, Genoa, Portovenere and the stunning Cinque Terre.