Experience the splendid coastal beauty and Medieval landmarks along the Italian Riviera during this memorable tour of San Fruttuoso and Camogli.
After tendering ashore, meet your guide and walk to the motor launch, then embark your boat and proceed for a coastal cruise to San Fruttuoso Bay.
A deep inlet along the coastline of the Portofino Promontory between Camogli and Portofino is home to the famous Medieval abbey of San Fruttuoso di Capodimonte, located in the fishing village of the same name. After its initial monastic use, the complex at San Fruttuoso di Capodimonte served as a humble home for fishermen, a den for pirates and later the property of the Doria Princes for centuries.
The monumental San Fruttuoso Abbey comprises the church, which is located at the end of a narrow valley. The small, two-level cloisters between the church and the Abbey feature an open area in the centre flanked by the monks' cemetery to the east, the tombs of the Doria family to the west and the Gothic Abbey facing towards the sea.
The first community of devotees of the martyr from Tarragona settled in this small bay at the beginning of the 8th century, and built a church that repelled Saracen raids until the 10th century. The abbey reached its greatest splendour in the 15th century. It has been the main political and economic centre of the promontory until the last century, and influenced the organisation of the territory, agricultural system and fishing economy.
Recently-restored to its original beauty by FAI (an Italian environmental organisation), the abbey is opened for you during an exclusive visit. Along the way, the director leads you through its 1,000-year-old history. Following your inside visit to the abbey, embark the boat for another brief cruise to Camogli.
Camogli is a small Italian fishing village located on the Italian Riviera. The name of the village means 'house of wives', because the coloured faces of the beach houses were useful in helping guide fishermen back to shore, even in bad weather. Upon arrival, disembark your boat and commence your walking tour of this wonderful small town. Its houses are clustered together above the sea, and feature brilliantly-painted trompe l'oeuil, with fake windows, balustrades and more.
For some time, tourist activities have replaced old and deeply-rooted traditions that began to decline at the end of the 19th century. However, this process did not prompt rampant modern development in Camogli. The village has retained its unique structure, along with the extraordinary environmental elements that make it a splendid attraction to this day.
Following a walking tour of Camogli, embark your boat for the approximate 40-minute return cruise to Portofino. During the coastal cruise back to Portofino some focaccia bread with a glass of local wine will be served. Upon arrival, tender back to the ship.
Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, with a few steep steps that must be negotiated in order to embark and disembark the motor launch. The entrance to the San Fruttuoso Abbey requires walking over gravel surfaces, and the inside visit of the abbey includes many uneven steps to climb. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Operation of this tour is dependent upon sea and weather conditions. A strict dress code is enforced when visiting the abbey; short pants and tank-tops are not permitted. The time spent at certain venues may be extended or reduced, and other brief stops may be added.