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Tickets to San Fruttuoso Abbey

€8.50
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  • Spotted along the way from Camogli to Portofino, the stark white 10th-century Abbey of San Fruttuoso stands against the brilliant blue sea.
  • The 3-mullion windows create a dreamy setting to view the ocean, while a walk through the columns and stone arches will transport you back in time.
  • Catch sight of artifacts dating back to the 13th century discovered by the FAI while restoring the site, and visit the dome of the bell tower for spectacular views.
  • Pay a visit to the grey stone and white marble tombs of the Doria noble family, and stand in reverence at the main altar, where the relics of martyr Frutuosso lie.
  • Spotted along the way from Camogli to Portofino, the stark white 10th-century Abbey of San Fruttuoso stands against the brilliant blue sea.
  • The 3-mullion windows create a dreamy setting to view the ocean, while a walk through the columns and stone arches will transport you back in time.
  • Catch sight of artifacts dating back to the 13th century discovered by the FAI while restoring the site, and visit the dome of the bell tower for spectacular views.
  • Pay a visit to the grey stone and white marble tombs of the Doria noble family, and stand in reverence at the main altar, where the relics of martyr Frutuosso lie.

Inclusions

  • Entry to San Fruttuoso Abbey
  • Tip: The beach nearby is open to all, so bring your swimsuit if you want to take a refreshing dip!
  • The last admission is 45 mins before closing time.
  • This experience may remain closed on account of bad weather conditions and suspension of the boat service from Camogli.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

San Fruttuoso Abbey: A Seaside Benedictine Monastery

San Fruttuoso Abbey, dating back to the 8th century, is a historic stone building on the Ligurian Riviera. Notable for its medieval and Romanesque features, it houses the tombs of the Doria family and a replica of the Christ of the Abyss. Visitors can explore its interior, including cloisters and a medieval church, and discover a museum displaying historical artifacts. This coastal gem attracts tourists with its rich history, stunning architecture, and serene location. Explore ticket options and essential Abbey info for an unforgettable visit.

Why Visit San Fruttuoso Abbey?

San Fruttuoso Abbey
  • Architectural gem: Marvel at the abbey's stunning stone architecture, blending medieval and Romanesque styles.
  • Unique Benedictine Monastery: Explore a living Monastery, where ancient walls resonate with centuries of spiritual devotion.
  • Coastal getaway: Elevate your visit as you enjoy seaside serenity on the small beach and amidst lush greenery.
  • Doria family legacy: Explore the final resting place of the influential Doria family, with their tombs still preserved.
  • Christ of the Abyss: Witness a replica of the poignant Christ of the Abyss statue, commemorating lives lost at sea.
  • Historic legacy: Reimagine the living tale of monks and mariners at the 10th-century Abbey by the Ligurian sea.

San Fruttuoso Abbey Highlights

San Fruttuoso Abbey Upper Cloister

Upper Cloister

Begin your journey at the Upper Cloister accessible straight from the ticket office. Ascend the historic stone staircase, enjoy the sea view framed by Gothic windows. It's one of the earliest features in the Benedictine complex, facing the sea.

San Fruttuoso Abbey Lower Cloister

Lower Cloister

Step into the monastery's heart—the Lower Cloister from the 10th century. Admire stone stuccoes from Mount Portofino and delicate green and white marble columns depicting flora and fauna. Over time, it transformed from a prayer spot to a resting place for monks and laypeople in the 13th to 15th centuries.

San Fruttuoso Abbey First Floor

First Floor

Take a walk through first floor's collection of stunning marble artifacts. Below, the lower level unfolds into three spacious rooms. Among the treasures, you'll find diverse marble pieces, including Emperor Hadrian's head (2nd century AD), possibly acquired by the Dorias.

San Fruttuoso Abbey Second Floor

Second Floor

The Abbey's second level, erected in the 13th century through the Doria family's generosity, boasts double rows of exquisite Gothic windows. These frames elegantly showcase the sea's beauty. The area is wholly dedicated to an exhibition of artifacts unearthed during FAI's 1983 restoration.

San Fruttuoso Abbey - Hall of the Tombs of the Dorias

Hall of the Tombs of the Dorias

Advancing west from the Lower Cloister, we arrive at the chamber where the renowned Doria family's tombs have rested since the 13th century. Arranged in rows along the room's three walls, these tombs showcase alternating white marble and gray stone, embodying the distinctive Ligurian aesthetic.

San Fruttuoso Abbey - Church

Public Church

The church on the second floor was constructed by elevating the original roof of the Medieval Church when the monks departed and the Abbey transitioned to the Doria family's care. Within, the high altar houses a silver reliquary safeguarding the remains of the martyrs Fruttuoso, Augurio, and Eulogio.

San Fruttuoso Abbey - Parsonage

Parsonage

At the hall's far end, an entrance leads to the current rectory's garden. Long ago, this was the doorway to an ancient structure from the 10th century that has since vanished. Believed to have served as monks' dorms, it was dismantled during the 16th-century Cloister renovation under Admiral Andrea Doria's direction.

San Fruttuoso Abbey - Medieval Church

Medieval Church

Enter the sacred realm of the medieval church, also referred to as the "monastic" church. Inside, there's a chamber featuring an apse utilized as a chapel. In the backdrop, you'll catch sight of a crypt from the 13th century. This crypt was constructed to shelter the remains of a Doria family Abbot.

Replica of the Christ of the Abyss - San Fruttuoso shoreline

Replica of the Christ of the Abyss

You have the opportunity to marvel at the faithful reproduction of the Christ of the Abyss—a marble statue submerged approximately 15 meters beneath the San Fruttuoso shoreline. Even if you're not a diver, the replica resonates with the sea's history and significance.

Doria Tower - San Fruttuoso Abbey

Doria Tower

The Doria Tower, part of San Fruttuoso Abbey's history, was owned by the Doria family. Climb the tower, a testament to Admiral Andrea Doria's legacy. Its walls bear the seal of the Doria family, and its history speaks of protection against pirates.

Plan Your Visit to San Fruttuoso Abbey

Opening Hours
Getting There
Facilities
Accessibility
Visitor tips
Dine
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San Fruttuoso Abbey Opening Hours
  • Winter (January, February - November , December)
    Tuesday - Sunday: 10 AM - 15:45 PM
    Closed on: Monday, 25th December
  • Spring / Autumn (March and October)
    All days: 10 AM - 15:45 PM
    April, May and second half of September: 10 AM - 16:45 PM
  • Summer (June to mid-September)
    All days: 10 AM - 17:45 PM
    Last admissions: 45 minutes before closing time

Best Time to Visit

The ideal time to visit San Fruttuoso Abbey is during the spring and early summer (April to June) or early autumn (September to October) when the weather is pleasant, and the crowds are smaller, allowing you to fully savor the serenity and beauty of this coastal gem.

Getting to San Fruttuoso Abbey

Address:Via S. Fruttuoso, 13, 16032 Camogli GE, Italy
Find on maps

  • By sea: Sail from Punta Chiappa, Recco, Camogli, Santa Margherita Ligure, or Portofino.
    Nearest stop: Tourist Boats, Ferry Terminal
  • By car: Walk to the church of San Rocco. Please note that San Fruttuoso can't be accessed by car.
    Nearest parking: Via S. Rocco in Camogli
  • By train: Line R
    Nearest stop: Camogli - S. Fruttuoso, 15.7 km
  • By foot: Hike through either the Battery Trail (Sentiero delle Batterie) or the Trail of the Narrow Stones (Sentiero delle Pietre Strette).
San Fruttuoso Abbey Facilities
  • Rest area: Find comfortable seating areas where you can take a break and soak in the serene atmosphere.
  • Gift shop: Take home a piece of the abbey with you – shop for souvenirs, books, and unique gifts.
  • Restrooms: Clean and convenient restroom facilities are available for visitors.
  • Accessibility: Considerate facilities for visitors with mobility challenges including
  • Information desk: Have questions? Visit the information desk for assistance and details about the abbey.
San Fruttuoso Abbey Accessibility
  • Wheelchair Accessibility: While the abbey is historically significant and features some ancient architecture, efforts have been made to improve accessibility. However, there may still be some areas with limited access for those with mobility challenges.
  • Free Access for Disabled Visitors: Visitors with disabilities and, where applicable, a companion, can enjoy free access according to specific regulations (Ministerial Decree 507/97 updated to Ministerial Decree 13/2019 and L.104/92).
  • Assistance Dogs: Guide dogs and assistance dogs with training certificates for accompanying people with disabilities are allowed inside the Abbey, provided they are on a leash.
  • Difficulty for People with Walking Problems: Visitors with walking difficulties may encounter challenges during their visit. It's advisable to contact the Abbey in advance for more assistance options.
San Fruttuoso Abbey Boat Trips - Tips
  • Early Arrival: Beat the crowds by arriving early for a serene Abbey experience.
  • Camera Ready: Capture the Abbey's timeless beauty – the bell tower offers stunning panoramic shots.
  • Hiking Essentials: If hiking, wear sturdy shoes and carry water for a comfortable journey.
  • Boat Tour Booking: Plan boat rides and tours in advance to secure a memorable sea journey.
  • Weather-Ready: Bring layers and umbrellas for any weather surprises, especially in off-peak months.
  • Weekday Escape: If possible, visit on weekdays for a quieter, more intimate exploration.
  • Stay Hydrated: Have a water bottle handy to stay refreshed during your visit.
Seafood at a San Fruttuoso Abbey restaurant
  • La Cantina: A must-visit seafood restaurant! Savor delectable dishes while overlooking the bay's beauty.
  • Da Giovanni: Delight in local flavors at this charming spot, offering a memorable dining experience.
  • Da Laura: A gem nearby, serving superb seafood. Indulge in excellent fresh catches with authentic flavors.
  • Ristorante Giorgio: A hike along the stunning coastline leads to this Italian paradise, offering exceptional seafood and a rewarding lunch experience.
Hotels near San Fruttuoso Abbey

Budget: Hotel San Desiderio, 5.1 km, Hotel San Desiderio 8.9 km

Mid Range: Hotel Villa Anita, 4.7 km, Hotel Sant'Andrea, 5.4 km

Luxury: Hotel Continental, 6.2 km, Imperiale Palace Hotel, 6 km

Frequently Asked Questions About San Fruttuoso Abbey Tickets

How much is a ticket to the San Fruttuoso Abbey?

The standard entry ticket to San Fruttuoso Abbey starts from €8.5. However, ticket prices can vary depending on factors such as age, student status, and whether you choose to include guided tours or access to additional attractions.

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What is San Fruttuoso Abbey?

San Fruttuoso Abbey is a historic site nestled along the Ligurian Riviera, known for its picturesque beauty and rich history. It's a medieval abbey and cultural monument.

Where is San Fruttuoso Abbey located?

San Fruttuoso Abbey is situated on the Italian Riviera, accessible by foot or ferry. It's tucked between Camogli and Portofino, offering stunning coastal views.

What are San Fruttuoso Abbey opening hours?

San Fruttuoso Abbey's opening hours vary by season. In winter (January-February and November-December), it's open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 3:45 PM, closed on Mondays and December 25th. During spring and autumn (March and October), it's open daily from 10 AM to 3:45 PM, with extended hours in April, May, and the second half of September until 4:45 PM. In summer (June to mid-September), it's open daily from 10 AM to 5:45 PM, with last admissions 45 minutes before closing.

What makes San Fruttuoso Abbey worth visiting?

The Abbey boasts a unique blend of architecture, history, and natural beauty. It houses medieval cloisters, tombs of the Doria family, and a stunningly close replica of the Christ of the Abyss.

Can I explore the interior of the Abbey?

Absolutely! Visitors can purchase tickets to access the Abbey's interior, including its cloisters, medieval church, and other historic chambers.

How do I get to San Fruttuoso Abbey?

You can reach the Abbey by foot or by taking a ferry from nearby towns like Camogli or Portofino. The journey itself offers scenic coastal views. If you're an avid hiker, you might enjoy several hiking trails leading to the Abbey from nearby towns.

What's the best time to visit?

Spring and early autumn offer pleasant weather and fewer crowds. Weekdays ensure a more peaceful experience.

How long should I spend at San Fruttuoso?

Allocate 2-3 hours to savor the Abbey's beauty, sea views, and perhaps a delectable meal. You can make a day trip of it by packing it with boat trips, sightseeing tours and more.

What else is there to explore around San Fruttuoso Abbey?

Apart from the Abbey, you can explore the charming fishing village, relax on the beach, or even go snorkeling to discover the underwater beauty.

Are there mobile reception and facilities available?

Expect limited reception – a chance to truly disconnect and appreciate the Abbey's ambiance. Facilities, including restrooms and water stations, are available for your convenience.

Can I contribute to the preservation of San Fruttuoso Abbey?

Yes, you can! The Abbey is maintained by FAI (Italian Environment Trust). Consider making a donation or supporting their conservation efforts.