THE ABBEY OF SAN FRUTTUOSO by Italian Ways

In the village of San Fruttuoso – in Camogli, in the province of Genoa – the Mediterranean whispers the lyrics of its most celebrated bard. Indeed poet Eugenio Montale, born in Liguria, dedicated a section of his masterpiece, “Cuttlefish Bones”, to “our sea” (as the ancient Romans called the Mediterranean): “At times I’ve lingered in the dark, dank caves, / some vast, some narrow, which absorb your force, / their mouths, seen from within, an architect’s bold outlines / painted in by sky. Up from your breast, / amid a sound of thunder, airy temples soared, / lights shooting from their spires…” The Abbey of San Fruttuoso of Capodimonte faces this luminous sea.

 

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