Only 5 km from Portofino and 40 km from Genoa, the San Fruttuoso abbey is a corner of paradise you can reach only by ferry from Camogli and Rapallo or on foot. This one-time Benedictine monastery (Xth century), from the 13th century the abbey’s fate became intertwined with that of the Doria family, who renovated its design, adding the loggia and transferring here the family burial ground. The Abbey and the fishing village around it stand as a true oasis in a unique scenario, amid the earth and the woodlands of Mount Portofino and the blue sea of eastern Liguria.
Open almost every day all year round, discover the authentic soul of this place with a guided tour or a visit on your own.
San Fruttuoso Abbey is open daily as follow:
> January, February, March, October, November and December:
Opening time: 10:00 - 15:45
Day off: non festive Monday in January, February, November and December
> April, May and from 15 to 30 September:
Opening time: 10:00 - 16:45
> June, July, August and from 1 to 15 September:
Opening time: 10:00 - 17:45
Last entrance: 45 minutes before closure.
The opening times may be subject to change based on the weather and the sea conditions. In case of unfavorable weather conditions with suspension of the boat service from / to Camogli, the Abbey will be closed for visits.
Groups: for group rates minimum 20 paying people and reservation, please click here
Special itinerary for family, optional, €1.00 on top of the cost of the entry ticket.
Run until you lose your breath, discover secret passageways, find the perfect place for a somersault, listen to the sounds of nature: there are a total of 60 activities on offer through the “FAIr Play Family” project, which invites children aged 5-12 to discover the interior and exterior of the property in an original, creative way, stimulating their imagination and curiosity. It is a playful, unconstrained approach that is also respectful to both art and nature, with a view to ensuring that the visitor experience is educational for the younger generation, who after all will be the future “custodians of Italy’s beauty”.
During events the price may be subject to change and for FAI and National Trust members supplement on event charge will apply.
The Abbey of San Fruttuoso can be reached by sea or with a 2-hour trek approximately.
Daily boats from Camogli (active all year) or from Recco, Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, Sestri Levante, Lavagna, Chiavari and Genoa (seasonal service).
Guided tours are available for groups (maximum 35 people per tour).
Tours last one hour:
> Visit in Italian: €100
> Visit in other languages: €170
For information and bookings for minimum 20 participants, please click here
If you would like to enjoy a typical Ligurian lunch box, we can book it for you. More info in the reservation form.
Our small bookshop will welcome you as soon as you enter in the Abbey. You can find local handicrafts, gifts for your children and the typical food products from our property in Sicily, Umbria and other regions in Italy.
Purchases from the bookshop make a tangible contribution to supporting the work of FAI.
If you would like to enjoy a typical Ligurian lunch box with focaccia and other specialities, we can book it for groups of minimum 10 people. We don’t have our own cafeteria.
In San Fruttuoso bay in spring and summer season there are bars and restaurants where you can have lunch.
Disabled visitors can access free-of-charge those FAI properties that are open to the public by showing their ANMIC (Associazione Nazionale Mutilati e Invalidi Civili) card.
The site is challenging to access for those who have difficulty in walking. Please, contact us, for more information.