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Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, Camogli

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web
In 1000, Greek monks built Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, an ancient monastery nestled alongside a small, turquoise bay. The Romanesque building includes two lookout towers with heavy artillery, marble tombs for nobility, and a museum dedicated to the abbey's history and artifacts. This is also the site of the Christ of the Deep statue that watches out for divers. You can dive into the clear waters among the rocks and touch his hand. San Fructuosus' traditional fishermen's cottages and pine forests create a backdrop for the beach. In ancient times, sailors spread rumors of a dragon living in the caves here so they could keep the bay to themselves. The area is only accessible only by ferry ride from Portofino or via steep trails from Santa Margherita or Portofino Vetta. Plan your visit to Abbazia di San Fruttuoso and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Camogli travel itinerary planner.
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  • We took the boat from 9 (from Camogli) a Saturday sunny September. We arrived and it was almost deserted. We rented 2 Sun beds and umbrella (€ 23 for 2). We chose then to visit the Abbey with an Italian guide. We are french but understand Italian. A lot of terms of architecture have escaped me. But the visit was interesting. For lunch, 2-3 restaurants and a sandwich shop. We chose to eat a pannini and here big mistake. The water glass is charged € 0.50, the simple pannino to ham € 7.50, glass of wine € 6. I can well imagine that the rent is expensive and the days are short... but a Council if you must go there and eat on the go: buy sandwiches and drinks BEFORE! And do not be alone on the beaches, boats vomit tourists every hour. But the water is beautiful, clear, unique place. You will also find many hiking paths (mountain so not easy!) You can go not only of Camogli, but also of Rapallo or Santa Margherita Ligure (with a stop at Portofino). We still had a very good day!
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  • This paradise of Liguria is worth a visit. The Abbey is managed by FAI and on Sundays you can follow a guided directly to the Manager (at no extra charge than the entrance fee). We arrived to San Fruttuoso by ferry from Portofino (the glance upon arrival breathless) and returned in about 1 hour and a half along the track well marked traveling directly behind the building of the Abbey. A little bit of effort rewarded with splendid views overlooking the sea. Having regard to the attendance of the beach of San Fruttuoso (the water is clear and well worth a dip) it is advisable to arrange the visit at a time "less in summer to enjoy the full splendour of this wonder surrounded by nature.
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  • Had stayed there before the restoration of the F.A.I. Beautiful, it is worthwhile to stop by for a day out of the ordinary
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  • Lovely little bay/cove area, accessible mainly via ferry from Genova/Camogli or Portofino (or via hiking trails, no roads here). Arrive early, before 10.00, to get a headstart on the crowds and the tide-washed debris that inevitably will arrive later in the day. Visit the historic Abbey [7€] and guard Tower, or one of the three on-site restaurants, as a break from your swimming and sun worshipping.
  • Haven't been there yet but I've been inspired by the BBC programme ‘The Trip to Italy’ to try out the nearby Da Giovanni Ristorante.
  • This is a very special little place. Well worth a visit. It's just a shame that the beaches have no sand and are all rocks.
  • One of a kind place, must see if you are in area
  • Very nice monastery near a small beach and two small but excellent restaurants
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