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. Using our custom trip planner, Camogli attractions like Abbazia di San Fruttuoso can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • To discover this place, the ideal is to make a journey on foot, and the other boat, either from Camogli or Portofino. The hiking trails are well indicated and the views are beautiful. The Abbey in either has nothing exceptional, but the site is unique. Nice surprise: February 14, couples pay only one entry instead of 2!
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  • Accessible on foot or by boat, a beautiful Abbey located in a Cove, a small beach where it is possible to swim.
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  • Is beautiful even in winter. When you arrive from the Sea seems to dream and is beautiful even when you visit. Beautiful lodge and very interesting Museum. not to be missed.
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  • This is totally a gem of the path! This location is so remote and beatiful that one could only hope it never gets crowded by tourists. This cannot happen. Beatiful water and very nice surroundings. No big deal to reach this place - all you have to do is to take a boat from a ferry in Camogli. Prices are moderate, boats go once in an hour on average, until 17.00 - 18.00. This is a magnificent place to visit!
  • Amazing sights of the old monastery and the clear sea. Take a small boat trip out to see The Christ of the Abyss. Underwater statue of Christ 2.5m tall. Great for walkers as several coastal paths start and finish at this point. 5 restaurants all serving similar local food but all looked good.
  • Hiked to San Fruttuoso from Camogli doing the "very challenging hike" according to the signs. The beginning part from Camogli to San Rocco is an upwards hike on some man made steps. After San Rocco, the hike to Batteria is very scenic along the coast and easy. What we didn't see coming was the next part, where difficulty went from 0 to 100. I thoroughly recommend to use trekking shoes as I had not worn them and found some difficulties. Some parts require to hang on to some chains next to some very steep and scary drop-offs. The scenery was wonderful, of course, but I really only suggest this hike to people with experience. Arriving at the bay where the Abbey is is very rewarding and the Abbey is very beautiful. I recommend to bring goggles to look at the fish in the sea in the beach area.
  • We hiked here on a windy day when there are no boats coming and going. With less people, the location felt very serene and calm. I can imagine that it is very different when the boats coming every half an hour. The downside of this was, of course that the abbey itself was closed, but that did not matter much to us. The location itself made the trip worth it! (But beware of a tough climb of you are hiking both ways.)
  • Great place, very busy in summer. Amazing little cove and beach. Can be expensive not wheelchair friendly. Nice steep walks very nice views.
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