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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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  • Find out how this Abbey has centuries withstood harsh weather, storm surges and erosion! The history of the Mediterranean amid blue and green colors to remember!
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  • The Abbey is certainly one of the most magical places in all of Liguria and is well worth a visit. You can reach through the trails of the Park, a remarkable hike but worth the forests and the views from the top are fabulous or by sea from Santa Margherita or da Recco admiring the stunning coastline. Got a ride in the old Abbey and then on the small beach admiring the blue sea.
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  • No place in the world can be so magic. An ancient abbey of monks, an ancient tower, a beautiful garden, a superb and deep bay, a wooded and steep mountain behind, two small beaches, luminous green and...  more »
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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