San Fruttuoso is nestled among the pine trees and olive groves between a little beach and the Capodimonte mountains, near Genoa. Portofino’s regional park lies inland, and the stylish resorts of Portofino and Camogli are not far away, with beautiful coastal walks in all directions. The small beach is popular in the summer months and can get busy.
The cove is accessible only by boat. The public boat service from Camogli to San Fruttuoso is Golfo Paradiso, Linea Blu and the journey takes about 30 minutes. From the UK fly into Genoa, Pisa or Milan and hire a car or take a train or taxi to Camogli, where there is a regular boat service to San Fruttuoso or one in high season from Portofino. Once the last boat leaves at night guests can enjoy the tranquillity of the cottage and the beachside restaurants serving Genoese and Ligurian cuisine.
Having gone through various incarnations – a Benedictine monastery, a pirates’ den, a humble home for fisherfolk and then, for centuries, the property of the mighty Doria Pamphilij family – the Abbey of San Fruttuoso is today a unique place. Set merely metres from Casa de Mar this makes a fascinating place to visit. Opening days and hours vary depending on the time of year and can be found on the FAI website.
If you are interested in something a little more extreme, the area offers very good diving. Just off the shore, 17 metres down, stands a 2.5 metre bronze statue of Christ offering a benediction of peace, with his head and hands. Christ of the Abyss was submerged in 1954, various other casts of the statue are located in other places worldwide, both underwater and in churches and museums.
There are several restaurants located in the bay, open during the day. http://www.dagiovanniristorante.com/#_=
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