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City of the Thousand White Sails

By Linda Tancs

In the late Middle Ages Camogli, an Italian fishing village, was awash in tall ships, giving rise to its venerable moniker “city of the thousand white sails.”  Lesser known than its nearby cousins Portofino and Cinque Terre, it’s nonetheless a go-to destination for those seeking the peace and tranquility of a sleepy seaside village.  The locale’s name is said to derive from “case delle mogli” (house of wives), a nod to the life of a fisherman’s wife.  Even today the tuna nets lowered since the 17th century (the last working fishing nets in the northern Mediterranean) are observable from April until October in the sea at Punta Chiappa.  The annual Fish Festival of Saint Fortunato, patron saint of fishermen, is held on the second Sunday of May.


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