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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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  • From Camogli, a boat transported us to San Fruttuoso on the afternoon of Saturday, December 10, 2016. It was wonderful! Too bad the Abbey is being restored and then covered with white sheets.
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  • San Fruttuoso is a magnificent place, no doubt. But the season affect it much. Go there in summer's crazy, busy and unlivable. The aura of mysticism is brutalized by the mass of people, often poorly educated. On a Tuesday in late autumn, instead, I thought I'd find a small paradise. Was wrong. I repeat the place is wonderful, but it tastes like abandoned. No restaurant open despite the Abbey it is and make regular shuttle boats, and the detective just around the corner, the views that usually fascinate now convey melancholy. Of course, eating Pebble Beach surrounded by seagulls and caressed by warm sun is a feast for the soul, especially in the absence of a cafonissima company, lucky that it happened to me. Screaming, tantrums, displeased me everywhere and selfies ruined your day. The ticket for the Abbey costs 6 euros (plus 3 euros for the photographic, nonsense in my opinion). Came from Portofino on foot (1 hour and a half walk doable), left by boat to Camogli (last this season at 16, ticket 9 Euro). Light and shade, but the place itself is an absolute wonder. P.s.: until February some jobs will affect the monumental complex, some scaffolding they ruin the classic glance on the porch overlooking the beach. Small side note.
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  • Lovely place, even in winter, or perhaps better in winter. There are few ferries but just get organized from camogli. The Bay is lovely and very small, blue sea. The Abbey is very nice, well restored and the visit is very clear. Kudos to do!
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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