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Ancient Camogli

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The  Old  Camogli  Photogallery  

The old pictures here presented have been collected by friends and kindly people, rumming in old trunks in humid cellars, dusty garrets or between piles of old faded papers.

Rescued from the insults of the time with the modern digital techniques, we propose to the attention of the Tradition's Student and of the curious the fruit of many years of long search and listing.

Our thanks goes to everybody: to the Traditional Group "U Dragun" (of which I'm a proud member since its foundation in 1969) that gave its photographic archives at our disposition; to the Camoglini and the Camogliesi (later in I will explain what's the difference) and to all those who contributed to the formation and the documentation of this Archive, visible testimony of the evolution of a Country unique in the world. 

Obviously not complete, this collection is in continuous growth, therefore I ask also your aid. If you possess old pictures of Camogli, also when break into pieces or slightly visible, and want lend them to me for their reproduction (without any commercial purpose) I will be pleasing, and with me all those who will have therefore the possibility to admire a piece may be unique.

Marcello Bozzo, author of the collection 


CAMOGLI in 1846   --------    Excerpt from


by Charles Dickens - Bradbury & Evans, London 1846


There is nothing in Italy, more beautiful to me, than the coast-road between Genoa and Spezzia. On one side: sometimes far below, sometimes nearly on a level with the road, and often skirted by broken rocks of many shapes: there is the free blue sea, with here and there a picturesque felucca gliding slowly on; on the other side are lofty hills, ravines besprinkled with white cottages, patches of dark olive woods, country churches with their light open towers, and country houses gaily painted.

On every bank and knoll by the wayside, the wild cactus and aloe flourish in exuberant profusion; and the gardens of the bright villages along the road, are seen, all blushing in the summer-time with clusters of the Belladonna, and are fragrant in the autumn and winter with golden oranges and lemons.

Some of the villages are inhabited, almost exclusively, by fishermen; and it is pleasant to see their great boats hauled up on the beach, making little patches of shade, where they lie asleep, or where the women and children sit romping and looking out to sea, while they mend their nets upon the shore.

There is one town, Camogli, with its little harbour on the sea, hundreds of feet below the road; where families of mariners live, who, time out of mind, have owned coasting-vessels in that place, and have traded to Spain and elsewhere.

Seen from the road above, it is like a tiny model on the margin of the dimpled water, shining in the sun. Descended into, by the winding mule-tracks, it is a perfect miniature of a primitive seafaring town; the saltest, roughest, most piratical little place that ever was seen.

Great rusty iron rings and mooring-chains, capstans, and fragments of old masts and spars, choke up the way; hardy rough-weather boats, and seamen’s clothing, flutter in the little harbour or are drawn out on the sunny stones to dry; on the parapet of the rude pier, a few amphibious-looking fellows lie asleep, with their legs dangling over the wall, as though earth or water were all one to them, and if they slipped in, they would float away, dozing comfortably among the fishes; the church is bright with trophies of the sea, and votive offerings, in commemoration of escape from storm and shipwreck.

The dwellings not immediately abutting on the harbour are approached by blind low archways, and by crooked steps, as if in darkness and in difficulty of access they should be like holds of ships, or inconvenient cabins under water; and everywhere, there is a smell of fish, and sea-weed, and old rope.

The coast-road whence Camoglia is descried so far below, is famous, in the warm season, especially in some parts near Genoa, for fire-flies. Walking there on a dark night, I have seen it made one sparkling firmament by these beautiful insects: so that the distant stars were pale against the flash and glitter that spangled every olive wood and hill-side, and pervaded the whole air.

                                                                                                                                        Charles Dickens


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We lay this collection to the attention of the interested persons for cultural reasons and without commercial purposes. The property of the images is classified to respect of the Owners and their duplication is prohibited under whichever form or shape. 

The facts narrated in the captions come almost from orally related stories that we faithfully transcribed, on which exactitude  we decline every responsibility: we will however retain eventual completions or corrections coming to us from the interested ones. 

In the compilation we have tried the maximum exactitude possible: in the case the navigator will found eventual inexactness in the dating or in the attribution of the Authors of the photographies or inaccuracies in the description, we apologize and we will be grateful for signalling it. 

The photographies introduced here come from collections and various sources, published with the consent of the respective Owners: however if the contrary were demonstrated to us, also this will be considered.


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