Lara was the perfect host - welcoming and very friendly. She appeared to be always on hand to provide advice, or a cheerful, 'Buongiorno!' She made it clear that we should not hesitate to contact her no matter how small our question. Our eight night stay at the apartment was wonderful, could not find fault. Everything as described, only better! The apartment is spacious, stylish, and finished to a high standard....very ample wardrobes, well equipped kitchen, modern and spacious shower room, very comfortable and well appointed bedroom, plus the essential lift to get you to the top floor. Double glazing makes the apartment well sound-proofed....the church clock strikes, and bells ring out every morning, but they didn't disturb us (too wonderful for that, anyway).....And then there is the panoramic view....has to be one of the best on the Italian Riviera! (As a bonus, there are views from every other window, too). Breakfast, and evening drinks, on the balcony, watching the sun come up over the hills, or the the harbour lights shine out over the water....yes, the best word to sum up Camogli is 'magical'. On first sight it is like something from a fairy tale, a dream of the perfect Italian fishing village, yet it is still very much a living and working place, not in any way a tourist trap. Celebrity neighbour, Portofino, doesn't even begin to compare! Although Camogli is small, it has five distinct areas, with different and varied atmospheres...the harbour, the promenade, the Isola, the main street, and the high roads with their Belle Epoque villas. In October the village was wonderfully sleepy, and there were times we felt we had the place to ourselves, yet there are many quality restaurants, cafes, bars, gelateria, and amazing focacceria, to keep you satisfied on the food and drink front, there is a rather grand theatre, and a wide selection of interesting individual shops and galleries - on the main street, around the harbour, and along the promenade - selling quality jewellery, fine art and ceramics, books and clothing. The village is characterised by high, narrow apartment houses decorated with intricate trompe l'oeil designs in pastel colours; winding streets linked by steep steps; rustic arcades; and a promenade that snakes its way round a sheltered bay terminated at one end by a church tower and rugged castle, and at the other by a luxury grand hotel. The beach, although pebbled, is still ideal for swimming and sunbathing, even in October. Camogli has a railway station, so trips to Genoa, Santa Margherita, Rapallo, etc, are very easy and quick (seven minutes to Rapallo), and the local bus service will take you along switch-back roads with stunning views at every turn. Boat trips run from the harbour (only to the secluded abbey of San Fruttuoso when we were there) but to many other places along the coast during the season.... Earthy, yet sophisticated, sleepy, yet full of surprises, Camogli in October, the jewel of the aptly named Gulfo Paradiso.