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Comune di Camogli
Camogli beach
Camogli beach
Coat of arms of Camogli
Coat of arms
Camogli is located in Italy
Location of Camogli in Italy
Coordinates: 44°21′N 9°9′E / 44.350°N 9.150°E / 44.350; 9.150
Metropolitan cityGenoa (GE)
FrazioniRuta, San Fruttuoso, San Rocco
 • MayorFrancesco Olivari
 • Total9.9 km2 (3.8 sq mi)
Elevation9 m (30 ft)
Population (30 April 2017)[1]
 • Total5,332
 • Density540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Camoglini or Camogliesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code16032
Dialing code0185
Patron saintN. S. del Boschetto
Saint day2 July
WebsiteOfficial website

Camogli (Italian: [kaˈmoʎʎi, -ˈmɔʎʎi]; Genoese: Camuggi or Camoggi)[needs IPA] is a fishing village and tourist resort located on the west side of the peninsula of Portofino, on the Golfo Paradiso in the Riviera di Levante, in the Metropolitan City of Genoa, Liguria, northern Italy. As of 30 April 2017 its population was of 5,332. Camogli is one of the largest areas of the Parco Naturale Regionale di Portofino, and a part of the Portofino Marine Protected Area.


The name of the town is of ancient, though disputed origins.

One story suggests it comes from the shortened Casa de Moglie. When the ship captains sailed, they put their wives (mogli) in a sort of home for all of them (casa), and the town was well known for this. Hence being known as Camogli

In the late Middle Ages Camogli was a considerable seaport. In its heyday, its fleet consisted of hundreds of Tall Ships, and it was called the "city of a thousand white sails". In 1798 the city hosted a large contingent of Napoleon's fleet, which was then beaten in the Egyptian waters of the Nile by Admiral Nelson. The prestigious naval college "Cristoforo Colombo" was founded in Camogli in 1874, named after the Genoese navigator Christopher Columbus.

In 1880 the former fishing village had, in a population of 12,000, 500 registered as ship captains. Camogli now lives mainly from tourism and is known for its colorful houses that line the beach. The house colors once helped the fishermen of Camogli find the way back to their port.

The local swimming club water polo RN Camogli has won several Italian championships and is known nationwide.


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  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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