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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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  • Beautiful Abbey on the 10th-11th century very particularly the little enclosure on two levels. You can get there only by sea with boats that depart from Camogli or by walking along the paths of the promontory. The small Bay is truly lovely.
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  • Despite being under renovation we have come to appreciate the charm of the place that we reached by sea because of the time not particularly forgiving. But also get there through the paths must be gorgeous, view the beauty of the Park of Portofino. Needs to be redone. Certainly
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  • You can get there by sea from camogli, or with a beautiful walk from san rocco Di Camogli. Place that will remain in the memory
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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