Portofino

Portofino, a world apart.
23
June 2010

Portofino, the Christ of the Abyss.

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The statue was created from an idea of Duilio Marcante who, following the death of Dario Gonzatti during a scuba dive in 1950, pushed for the building of an underwater statue of Christ; on the 22nd August 1954 the statue of Christ of the Abyss was placed in the bay facing San Fruttuoso, between Camogli and Portofino.

San Fruttuoso is a very romantic city even at night where one may dine with typical fish dishes by candlelight. It is the best place to propose. During the summer season there are various classical music concerts. In San Fruttuoso there is a XIII Century Monastery which is very nice.

The statue, which is about 2,50 metres tall and was built by sculptor Guido Galletti, was placed with the help of the Italian Navy at about 17 metres below the water surface. Christ’s hands face the surface (or the sky, if the statue weren’t under water) and are wide as a sign of peace. In order to obtain the bronze to make the statue medals, naval items (even submarines propellers donated by the U. S. Navy) and bells were molten together.

One may catch the statue even from the water surface thanks to some underwater field-glasses.

The San Fruttuoso bay were the Christ is placed may be reached in about 15/20 minutes by boats leaving from Portofino every 45 minutes (we advise this option for the beauty of the landscape), otherwise by a difficult path of about 2 hours starting on top of the St. Martin’s church.

If one chooses this route one must bring lots of drinks and suitable shoes.

The path is suitable for experts only. San Fruttuoso is a very romantic city even at night where one may dine with typical fish dishes by candlelight. It is the best place to propose. A small sweater is advised even during high season. We advise high heels only for short walks. During the summer season there are various classical music concerts. In San Fruttuoso there is a XIII Century Monastery which is very nice, with paintings, ancient tombs and old statues.

We advise you to pay it a visit.

This area is of particular value to the scuba diving lovers because of the various species of fish and of sea plants.

One may also wait on sea with small boats to enjoy the sun and the fantastic view of the landscape.

We suggest visiting San Fruttuoso also during the late afternoon to witness one of the best sunsets of the area. A fantastic show which will help you find your true selves.

The San Fruttuoso bay were the Christ is placed, may be reached in about 15/20 minutes by boats leaving from Portofino every 45 minutes. We advise high heels only for short walks. Strongly don’t suggested for this tour.

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