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Romance, romance, romance!! Camogli or SM?

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Romance, romance, romance!! Camogli or SM?

I'm planning a honeymoon trip in late May and have read lovely things about both Camogli and Santa Margherita Ligure... please help me decide where to go!

We have 4-5 days to play with. We are in our early 30's and active - love hiking and sightseeing, but don't love crowds. We're hoping to do a day trip or two to Cinque Terre and other sights. We also love food and wine, and as I mentioned, it's our honeymoon... we want to bask in the loveliness of Italy AND our young(ish) love! ;) What would you recommend (or is there another spot altogether that we ought to consider)? Many thanks!!

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1. Re: Romance, romance, romance!! Camogli or SM?

Take a look at the Amalfi Coast also. Dramatic coastline, wonderful views over the sea, many, many, great hotels.

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2. Re: Romance, romance, romance!! Camogli or SM?

Camogli it's perfect :)

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3. Re: Romance, romance, romance!! Camogli or SM?

I vote camogli too. It's a beautiful place.

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4. Re: Romance, romance, romance!! Camogli or SM?

Camogli is romantic, and also ideal for trekking, and the boutique Villa Rosmarino above town is charming.

http://goo.gl/69EGIH

portofinotrek.com/trek/17-from-camogli-san-r…

http://www.villarosmarino.com/eng/index.html

Vagabonda

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5. Re: Romance, romance, romance!! Camogli or SM?

Take a look at

www.prolococamogli.it/penglish/eindex.htm

Also don't miss the opportunity of wonderful walks towards the Mount of Portofino. For example:

portofinotrek.com/trek/lang-en/da-camogli-sa…

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6. Re: Romance, romance, romance!! Camogli or SM?

Agree with others that Camogli is more romantic then SM. Stayed in SM for a week, also in May. It is nice, enjoyable. But more "current" feeling than "old world" feeling. Took a day trip to Camogli. Great feel to it. Loved the waterfront old town. On the list as a place to return and spend some time.

Can't say the same for the CT villages. Made two separate trips to CT during that time. If you say you hate crowds....then you may not "love" CT. Hated it. Maybe if you are hiking you can get away from the really big crowds. Did day trip to Lucca. Great village.

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7. Re: Romance, romance, romance!! Camogli or SM?

May is a beautiful period to visit this area.

There's really excellent trekking from Camogli, and throughout the Portofino Promontory, but also throughout Liguria, including the Montemarcello-Magra Regional Natural Park near Lerici across the Bay of Poets from Portovenere.

turismoinliguria.it/turismo/…Parchi_en.pdf

The higher trails of the Cinque Terre would be less crowded, and there are also treks from Levanto to Monterosso, and from Riomaggiore to Portovenere.

parconazionale5terre.it/…

Enjoy!

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8. Re: Romance, romance, romance!! Camogli or SM?

Agree with the others--and above Camogli there is the tiny San Rocco di Camogli. I stayed at this b&b and loved it:

http://www.larosabiancadiportofino.com/

Just steps into Portofino park!

I also love the Lerici area--who needs crowded CT when you have these gems?

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9. Re: Romance, romance, romance!! Camogli or SM?

Oh, wonderful - thanks so much for all of the fantastic advice! Looking forward to the trip and to sharing our thoughts afterwards!!

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10. Re: Romance, romance, romance!! Camogli or SM?

It's been a pleasure sweetinclination - may you enjoy a wonderful honeymoon!

Tanti auguri!

Vagabonda