Fish Festival of Saint Fortunato

On the picturesque Ligurian coast, the quaint town of Camogli springs to life with the vibrant Camogli Fish Festival, held on May 12, 2024. This storied event aligns with the feast of San Fortunato, the patron saint of fishermen, and brings together a blend of tradition, community, and culinary excellence.

As one of Liguria’s most ancient and cherished traditions, the Camogli Fish Festival has its roots in the 17th century, originally celebrated by Camogli fishermen to mark the start of the fishing season. Today, it has evolved into a spectacular event that draws both locals and tourists to the heart of Camogli, the scenic Piazza Colombo.

The festival is famed for its extraordinary culinary centerpiece—an enormous frying pan. Weighing about 2,800 kilos, stretching 8 meters in length with a handle of 6 meters, this pan is no ordinary cooking utensil. Throughout the festival day, it sizzles with three tons of fresh fish, fried to perfection in a river of olive oil.

Visitors can stroll through the marina square, where tables and chairs are neatly arranged to welcome the throngs of guests eager to sample the freshly fried delicacies. The ambiance is festive, with stalls dotting the perimeter, offering local crafts and traditional Ligurian foods that compliment the fish.

The Camogli Fish Festival not only offers a taste of the Mediterranean’s finest seafood but also a deep dive into the rich tapestry of Ligurian culture. This unique celebration continues to enchant thousands of visitors, making it a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the authentic spirit of Italy’s fishing heritage.

Abbey of San Fruttuoso di Capodimonte, Camogli, Italy
Abbey of San Fruttuoso di Capodimonte, Camogli, Italy. © Silvia Alvarez Adalia


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