San Fruttuoso Tours

A tiny bay on the Ligurian coast near the town of Camogli is called San Fruttuoso, home to a 10th-century abbey and an underwater statue.

San Fruttuoso is only reachable by boat or by hiking in from another town nearby, which is part of its appeal. The main attraction is the abbey that is right on the small beach. It was originally built in the 10th century, though much of what you see today dates from the 16th century. It's a Benedictine abbey that's open to the public at certain times, though the hours and days it's open vary quite a bit depending on the season and weather.

The other attraction of San Fruttuoso is the bronze Christ of the Abyss statue located just offshore. It depicts Christ with his arms open and outstretched, and it was designed in 1954 as a memorial to a diver who had drowned. The statue is more than 55 feet underwater, and is more than eight feet tall. It's only visible if you go diving in the area. A replica is on display in the abbey's church, which you can visit at no charge.

Practical Info

Hikers can get to San Fruttuoso without worrying about the ferry schedule, but be aware that part of the trail involves quite a descent (which means a steep ascent to get back out). It takes 
roughly an hour to hike in from the main parking lot, and about double that to hike out.
Address: San Fruttuoso, Liguria 16032, Italy
Hours: Abbey usually opens at 10am, closing between 3:45pm-5:45pm
Admission: Ticket for abbey: €5
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