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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Tours to Abbazia di San Fruttuoso
$269 BOOK WITH VIATOR Ligurian Sea Day Sailing Trip by Set Sail Tours/ Lavagna, Italy Ligurian Sea Day Sailing Trip by Set Sail Tours/ Lavagna, Italy
Duration: 6 hours
$646 BOOK WITH VIATOR Gulf of Portofino Private Boat Tour Gulf of Portofino Private Boat Tour
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Duration: 3 to 7 hours
$1,291 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private Boat Excursion to Portofino Private Boat Excursion to Portofino
Duration: 7 hours
$269 BOOK WITH VIATOR Santa Margherita, Portofino and San Fruttuoso walk and boat - private tour Santa Margherita, Portofino and San Fruttuoso walk and boat - private tour
Duration: 7 hours
$218 BOOK WITH VIATOR Half-Day Private Hike Adventure to Portofino and San Fruttuoso Half-Day Private Hike Adventure to Portofino and San Fruttuoso
Duration: 4 hours
$1,326 BOOK WITH VIATOR Portofino Private Boat Tour Portofino Private Boat Tour
Duration: 6 to 8 hours
$264 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private full day trekking on Mount Portofino. Private full day trekking on Mount Portofino.
Duration: 7 hours
Abbazia di San Fruttuoso reviews
I can recommend a trip to this abbey and beach from Portofino. We took the ferry and that in itself was a pleasant thing to do (good views of the lighthouse, coves and clifftop villas). We made a...
I can recommend a trip to this abbey and beach from Portofino. We took the ferry and that in itself was a pleasant thing to do (good views of the lighthouse, coves and clifftop villas). We made a... more »
Unforgettable setting to spend a half-day by the beach. Make sure to take the early ferry or you will be stuck with no room on the beach because it is tiny and it gets very crowded. Make a...
Unforgettable setting to spend a half-day by the beach. Make sure to take the early ferry or you will be stuck with no room on the beach because it is tiny and it gets very crowded. Make a... more »
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.
Situated in a secluded bay on a rocky outcrop, it is only accessible via a strenuous hike (high levels of fitness and mobility required) or from one of the many and frequently scheduled boats from near by towns. The Abbey is not an essential visit (I wouldn't recommend paying the €8 museum entry fee). The pebble beach and crystal clear water makes for an excellent day trip. There are also several bars and restaurants in the small bay. It does get very busy at peak times weekends etc so do not expect much solitude.
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