San Fruttuoso Travel Guide
Take the trail to Portofino
When in San Fruttuso, a 1,5 hour trail can take you to Portofino. Sorry I did not experienced it by myself, but considering I have seen kids and old people, it must be quite easy. Do not forget hiking boots, an hat and your pic-nic. Rather than eating againg in a San...
Visit the San Fruttouso Abbey
The abbey worths surely a visit; it takes no more than an hour and, besides what you can see inside, offers you amazing view for taking pictures. Founded probably in the 13° century, it is said that San Fruttuoso has been buried there. It is not certain, while it is certain...
The path you want is to Portofino Mare
This is a bit confusing. There is Portofino Vetta and Portofino Mare. There are many other places you can walk to too - like Ruta - which I would like to see another time.The walk is supposed to take one and a half hours. It took us about three. But we are not fit and are...
It takes ten minutes maybe.
And then you are in Santa Margharita Ligure and back on the rail system - the bus drops you right at the station - and you can go wherever you like.Do validate your ticket before you get on the train - we had a guard checking tickets on our journey - but we were legal. So...
Bus stop near the end of the track.
It would be hard to miss it. Buy your ticket at the blue machine (1 euro) or at the newstand opposite. The bus is orange - number 82.I was told the ride on the corniche around to Santa Margharita was rather beautiful and terrifying. Well it was certainly narrow - the driver...
Portofino is sweetly pretty.
But then Italy is chokka with sweetly pretty towns. We arrived about 3 and the sun had gone off it - so it was rather cool and had a lowering effect on us. In spite of the numerous Gucci, Pucci etc shops.A quick coffee and pizza and one of the few cafes that were open - they...
I had imagined -
- we would reach the top of the hill and see Portofino spread out like a precious jewel below us. This didn't actually happen. You don't get great views of Portofino. The last stretch is the most lethel in my opinion. So steep - the descent hurt my knees worse than the going...
We didn't much want to see inside the abbey -
- don't want to bring the husband out in hives. And there was a very sick cat yowling on the beach. Upsetting.But - noticed a WC - sometimes that is all you want to see - and a large restaurant to the left - closed - and a small cafe (that also rented deckchairs, umbrellas...
Excellent and grueling walks
Our friends wanted to walk from Camogli - up over the hills - to San Fruttuoso - and then from SF over the hills to Portofino.We were more judicious and reckoned we would catch the boat from Camogli to SF and just do the second walk.In hindsight this was wise.The boat trip...
Opening hours and entrance fees
In March,April and October, open every day 10- 16. Closed on Monday.From May till September, oper every day, 10 - 18From December till february open only during weekend and holidays, 10 - 16Admittance until 30 minutes before closing timeTickets: Euro 4 in low season, Euro 7...
Giorgio: better to avoid
A touristy restaurant which has the only advantage to be in San Fruttuoso! The quality is medium but the prices are really too high for what you get. Some example:
Coperto 3,50 euro (normally 2 or 2,50)
Trofie al pesto 12 euro (usually between 8 to 15 euro)
Spaghetti ai frutti di mare 20 euro (more or less 15-18 euro normally)
Pinched wine, as well as purified water, were very expensive too.
On the other hand, we got three times of "free" focaccia (fully repaied by the astronomic price of "coperto") and the service was really very kind.
My tip: make a pic-nic in the smallest beaches' pic-nic area
Written Aug 23, 2011
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- Sailing and Boating
- Family Travel
Montale between classic music and jazz
this concert was the best one (do you think I'm partial if I say I know the whole staff and the musicians? ;-)...) among the concerts organized at the abbey by the FAI (Fondo per l'Ambiente Italiano - Fund for the Italian Environment) during the season July-August 2002...
but check in their internet site, I'm sure they are going on organizing entertainment, this was the 10th season...
Updated Sep 12, 2002
Phone: +3900185 774480/772703
How to get there
Ferry services to San Fruttuoso from Camogli, Portofino, Santa Margherita, Rapallo, Sestri Levante, Lavagna, Chiavari and GenovaFrm Camogli and Portofino you can also get there by walking. It's a 90 minutes walk from Portofino and longer from Camogli, but very scenic.
there are two line ferry services:from Rapallo, Santa Margherita, Portofino is catered for by the Servizio Marittimo Tigullio (tel. +39 0185 284670)from Recco and Camogli by the Società Golfo Paradiso(tel. +39 0185 772091)the price is around 7,5 euros
if you miss the last line ferry, a gozzo is really charming...and sorry to ruin the romanticism saying that a trip to Camogli costs about 40 euros but (still trying to ruin its charm) you can divide the price for the number of people it can carry...anyway nothing can ruin...
Italian mobiles phones...
a silly warning about Italian mobile phones companies: at San Fruttuoso Omnitel has no line while Tim has...
Written Sep 12, 2002