Abbazia di San Fruttuoso
Frank and Orietta Pogson Doria Pamphilij's donation- 1983
January, February, November and December:10am - 3.45pm every day, except Mondays (unless public holidays).
March and October: 10am – 3.45pm every day.
April, May* and second half of September: 10am – 4.45pm every day.
* Saturday and Sunday: 10am - 5.45pm.
From June up to Mid-September: 10am - 5.45pm every day.
Closed on 25th December.
Entry is still possible up to 45 minutes before closing.
Opening times are subject to variations depending on the weather and on the Camogli ferry timetable.
The harmonious encounter between Man and Nature
Having gone through various incarnations – a Benedictine monastery, a pirates’ den, a humble home of fisherfolk and then, for centuries, the property of the Princes of Doria – the Abbey of San Fruttuoso is today an utterly unique place, where the work of Man has been pleasingly integrated with that of Nature. Set within the breathtaking bay that opens up between Camogli and Portofino, the Abbey is a pearl dating from the 10th to the 13th centuries, which radiates out from the deep inlet on the coast of the promontory. The Nolare Tower,
built in the 11th centuries, is not only one of the most ancient parts of the original nucleus of the Abbey but also one of the most interesting towers anywhere in the Liguria region. The section that faces out to sea – complete with its delightful loggia, which has two orders of triple-mullioned windows – was built in the 13th century by the Doria family. The lower level of the cloister affords access to the deep, barrel-vaulted space that the monks reserved as a burial chamber, where the members of the Doria family were laid to rest.
A living museum of the life of the ancient monks.
During the restoration of the complex, a number of important artefacts were found in a storeroom, which document the history of the Abbey and, in particular, the life of the monks. Today, these artefacts, which came from a variety of places (Liguria, southern Italy and the
Islamic world), are collected in a museum that has been set up across the two floors of the main body of the Abbey. This part of the Abbey dates from the 13th century, though during the restoration it emerged that it had been built on top of even older Romanesque structures.
A tower to defend the Abbey from pirates
An imperial eagle, the coat-of-arms of the Doria family, dominates the two facades of the Doria Tower that face out to sea. The Tower is accessed via a steep staircase that can be reached along the road that links the Abbey to the nearby fishing village (which dates from the 16th century). The Tower was erected in 1562 by the descendants of Admiral Andrea Doria to defend the village and its prized source of fresh water from incursions by the Barbary Corsairs.