One to three trains per hour ply the coastline, connecting Camogli with Genoa (30–45 min.), Santa Margherita (5 min.), Monterosso (50–60 min.), and other Cinque Terre towns.
There is at least one Tigullio (www.tigulliotrasporti.it; (tel) 0185-373-239) bus an hour, often more, from Santa Margherita; because the bus must go around and not under the Monte Portofino Promontory, the trip takes quite a bit longer (about 30 min.) than the train.
In summer, boats operated by Golfo Paradiso (www.golfoparadiso.it; (tel) 0185-772-091) sail from Camogli to Portofino.
The fastest car route into the region is Autostrada A12 from Genoa; exit at Recco for Camogli (the trip takes about 15 min.). Route SS1 along the coast from Genoa is much slower but more scenic. In the summer months, parking in Camogli can be a challenge.
The tourist office is across from the train station at Via XX Settembre 33 (www.prolococamogli.it or www.portofinocoast.it; (tel) 0185-771-066). It’s open Monday to Saturday 9am to 12:30pm and 3 to 7pm (Mar–Oct 9am–noon and 3–6:30pm), Sunday 9am to 12:30pm.
Festivals & Markets
Camogli throws a well-attended annual party, the Sagra del Pesce ★★, on the second Sunday of May, where the town fries up thousands of sardines in a 3.6m-diameter (12-ft.) pan and passes them around for free—a practice that is accompanied by an annual outcry in the press about health concerns and even accusations that frozen fish is used.
The first Sunday of August, Camogli stages the lovely Festa della Stella Maris, during which a procession of boats sails to Punta Chiappa, a spot of land about 1.5km (1 mile) down the coast, and releases 10,000 burning candles. Meanwhile, the same number of candles is set afloat from the Camogli beach. If currents are favorable, the burning candles will come together at sea, signifying a year of unity for couples who watch the spectacle.
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