Between Camogli and Portofino, a deep inlet along the rocky coastline is home to the Abbey of San Fruttuoso, a fascinating Benedictine monastery.
The Abbey was the property of monks, who lived here in the 13th century, when it was at its most splendid. Through the protection of the powerful Doria princes, who built a defence tower against pirates and the Venetians in the 16th century, the power of San Fruttuoso endured. Today the abbey, cloister and church (reachable only by sea or on foot) form a magnificent complex, restored and protected by the Fondo per l'Ambiente Italiano (F.A.I).
The monastery, cloisters, Chapter House and church can all be visited and explored, as can the Doria tombs.
Most startling of all is a bronze sculpture, the statue of Christ of the Abyss, which is submerged 50ft underwater in the inlet. On calm days its outstretched arms can sometimes be glimpsed from the surface.
Please contact our concierge to organise your excursion by boat or by foot.