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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. Using our custom trip planner, Camogli attractions like Abbazia di San Fruttuoso can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Excellent day trip from Santa Margherita Ligure or Camogli. Very interesting Monastery, nice beach and 2 nice bars with views. Worth a trip. You will likely stop at Portofino as well if coming from... 
    Excellent day trip from Santa Margherita Ligure or Camogli. Very interesting Monastery, nice beach and 2 nice bars with views. Worth a trip. You will likely stop at Portofino as well if coming from...  more »
  • Nice place. Small but You can Have nice chill out on The Beach. You can choose private or public. You can Have Your towel. Avoid during Summer holidays as can be busy. Boat to Portofino in every... 
    Nice place. Small but You can Have nice chill out on The Beach. You can choose private or public. You can Have Your towel. Avoid during Summer holidays as can be busy. Boat to Portofino in every...  more »
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  • The Abbey is a good example of how the Italian Tourism Authority is trying to restore abandoned holy places and draw tourists to visit. Well done! Access is only by s 40 minutes boat trip, but that in itself is a unique experience. The exhibition is quite basic, but very informative. Everything both in English and Italian. God those who want to swim there is opportunity in the small harbour.
  • Beautiful monastery built in 977, and only accessible by boat or foot. If you come in the summer, you can swim in the little beach (a truly jewel). We were here in october, so we didn’t swim. We took a boat from Camogli (€15 round trip) and spent an hour just strolling around. It is possible to visit the monastery inside (€8 per person). There is a restaurant and a cafeteria, but none was open during our visit.

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