The charming little coastal village of Camogli in Liguria in northwestern Italy has a large pebbly beach that stretches along the length of the coast. It has all the Mediterranean beauty of the French Riviera but is far less crowded. The beach is divided into private sections that belong to resorts and beach clubs and other sections that are open to everyone. Pebbles range from coarse gravel to small, smooth and almost sand-like pebbles. There are swimming lessons on offer for children as well as rowboat and canoe rental, a beachside drink service, and diving courses. The beach is very picturesque with the ancient and magnificent Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta standing guard on a promontory above the harbor against the backdrop of the mountains.