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Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, Camogli
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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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  • Is beautiful, definitely recommend! Shame about the restructuring which covers the façade! But in January expected to be finished and we will come back to see it at its maximum splendor.
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  • I reached by motorboat San Fruttuoso because I've always heard that it's a Pearl in Liguria and I finally had the opportunity to visit the Abbey, the turret (only outside) and the beach and I must say that is not the case. The day has helped (end of October warm with dip in the sea!) However, I must say that the building itself is kept very well and speaks of history thanks to the FAI that continues to sustain and enhance this site. Spectacular view! To visit absolutely!
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  • Beautiful the Abbey of San Fruttuoso, magically inserted in a beautiful nature, superb restoration work performed by the FAI.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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