No roads lead to this secluded Italian cove. In fact, the nearest parking is more than an hour away in Portofino.
But if you’re visiting the legendary Italian Riviera, you can hike or catch a boat from Camogli or Santa Margherita Ligure, (or take a ferry from Genoa while in port) and spend the day at this picturesque beach in San Fruttuoso, Italy.
While it is neither port nor resort, what this sandy spot lacks in facilities, it makes up for with two worthy attractions.
The first is an ancient Benedictine monastery, the other the Christ of the Abyss. The monastery holds the burial vaults of the aristocratic Doria family of Genoa. Before nature decided to add a beach to this mountainous coastline, boats moored directly under the monastery’s supporting arches.
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The Christ of the Abyss takes a little more work to reach. It’s a larger-than-life-size bronze statue situated a little offshore and 50ft under the sea that has become somewhat of a shrine for divers. In clear waters, it’s possible to see Christ’s outstretched arms raised toward the source of light from a glass-bottom boat, but for those who wish to stay on dry land, there’s a replica in the church next to the monastery.