Paradise Gulf – San Fruttuoso di Camogli

Paradise Gulf – San Fruttuoso di Camogli

When visiting San Fruttuoso di Camogli you will enjoy its beauty right from your arrival. Whether you reach this isolated hamlet in the heart of the Portofino promontory by sea or by following one of the paths from Tigullio or Golfo Paradiso, you will be amazed. The image of the abbey, now owned by the National Trust of Italy FAI and open to the public, with its 16th-century tower towering above it, the bay and the dazzling green of nature, will strike your senses.

Nome in dialetto: Sàn Frutôzo

IAT: FAI Fondo Ambiente Italiano, fondoambiente.it

Telefono: +39 0185772703

Email: fai.sanfruttuoso@fondoambiente.it

In the 8th century AD, the inaccessibility of the place and the presence of a freshwater spring made it an ideal site for building a church. Today, with its latest restoration works they cleared and enhanced the spring on which the lantern tower was built.

An ancient history

According to tradition, it was the martyr Fruttuoso himself who chose the bay, pointing it out in a dream to Prospero, bishop of Tarragona fleeing from Spain when it was invaded by the Arabs. From the 13th century onwards, the Abbey intertwined its fortunes with those of the Doria family, who changed its layout, building, for example, the loggia with two orders of three mullioned windows. Since 1983, the entire complex has been donated to the National Trust of Italy FAI. The Abbey can be visited all year round.

Here, as in Punta Chiappa, there are no roads. These locations can only be reached by boat or on foot between paths, maritime pines and dark blue waters.

The bay and the beach

The beautiful bay with a small pebble beach is one of its kind in the world. Here you will find also three small restaurants serving fresh fish. In front of the Abbey are the waters of the Portofino Protected Marine Area, where they lowered the bronze statue of Christ of the Abyss, with his arms raised.

Many diving couples have chosen this magical place to get married.

The Christ of the Abyss

The most famous statue in the world among divers and sea enthusiasts. The Christ of the Abyss, located fifteen metres down in the waters of San Fruttuoso Bay, continues to be a landmark and symbol of Liguria. The statue is not only a symbol, but also a work of art. The sculptor of the bronze statue was Guido Galletti. To reach the base, one must descend to a depth of 15 metres. Many diving couples have chosen this magical place to get married.

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