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Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, Camogli

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Historic Site
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're years ago Saturday (troopa crowd), this time on weekday, we had a lovely and healthy nature walk and a long and comprehensive visit to the Abbey. For return opted for the boat.
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  • I finally visited the famous Abbey of San Fruttuoso with guided tour. Beautiful building nestled in a beautiful corner of nature. Too bad it's already stormed by tourists who throng the beach. Better, if you can, don't go during the weekend or holidays. Always to be seen also through the paths that surround it
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  • The walk from Camogli to San Fruttuoso via San Rocco deserves to be made. The views that are comparable to the path of the gods over the Amalfi coast. The visit of the monastery with the Doria tombs is not to be missed. If you are tired ... There is always the boat! "
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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