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San Fruttuoso

San Fruttuoso – A Hidden Jewel

San Fruttuoso is the ideal place to spend a different day

A small fishing village situated in a beautiful bay on the slopes of the Portofino mountain, in the municipality of Camogli, which can only be reached by sea, or on foot, through the paths of the Park.

Reaching S. Fruttuoso from the sea, coming from Camogli or the Gulf of Tigullio, is truly exciting. Lungo il percorso il Monte di Portofino appare in tutta la sua maestosa bellezza. A succession of high, rugged cliffs and enchanting coves, some inaccessible and uninhabited, others characterised by small settlements such as San Fruttuoso, Paraggi, Porto Pidocchio and Portofino itself, which, together with the natural wharf of Punta Chiappa, represent the promontory’s main tourist destinations

L’Abbazia di S. Fruttuoso vista dal mare

The Abbey suddenly appears in all its beauty. Behind the green Monte di Portofino, in front a beautiful beach, around the few houses of the village, and the Saracen Tower.

A truly unique place, where the sea and the land blend together in an extraordinary way, creating a scenario of great beauty.

A glimpse of S. Fruttuoso

Don’t miss a visit to this splendid monument, now a FAI – Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano heritage site, which has very ancient origins, dating back to the 8th century, when Prospero, Bishop of Tarragona, transferred here the ashes of St. Fruttuoso, a 3rd-century martyred bishop.
The church and adjoining monastery, damaged by the Saracens, were rebuilt by the Benedictines in the 10th century, acquiring great power in the area.
In the 13th century, it came under the patronage of the powerful Doria family, who built the current structure.
In 1983, the FAI restored the complex to its former glory, and today the Abbey is available for visits and special events.

The Tombs of the Doria

Immersed in the waters of the Bay is the Christ of the Abyss, the protector of divers, a bronze statue placed in 1954 on the seabed of the Bay of S. Fruttuoso, an unmissable destination for those who love diving, which is only possible if carried out in the presence of authorised guides, as we are inside the Portofino Marine Protected Area.

A copy of the statue can be seen inside the Church of San Fruttuoso.

The Christ of the Abyss

To crown the day, you cannot miss a good plate of trenette al pesto and a rich fish fry, in one of the village’s small restaurants offering simple, traditional cuisine.


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How to reach Portofino Coast
Mappa Portofino Coast

– Cristoforo Colombo International Airport in Genoa, about 30 km
– Galileo Galilei International Airport of Pisa – 130 km
– Malpensa International Airport of Milan – 200 km
– Linate International Airport of Milan – 170 km
– Nice International Airport – 200 km
Shutter service or private cars transfers may be arranged to/from the airports on request

Genoa Maritime Terminal, about 25 kilometres away

A12 Motorway: Exits in Recco, Rapallo, Chiavari, Lavagna and Sestri Levante providing convenient access from any direction.
The main panoramic coastal road, the Via Aurelia (SS1), connects all the seaside resorts.

Stations located in the towns of Recco, Camogli, Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, Zoagli, Chiavari, Lavagna, Cavi, Sestri Levante, Riva Trigoso and Moneglia.