Abbey of Cervara visit
You will meet your guide at ship dock or at tender mooring; he will wait for you handling the Onirikos arrival board. She will introduce you to your professional English-speaking driver. They will escort you to a historical Abbey in order to enjoy a unique experience. The Cervara Abbey, or Monastery of San Girolamo at Monte di Portofino, is a monastic complex overlooking the sea.
The edifice was built in 1361 by Ottone Lanfranco. The monastery was elevated to the rank of abbey in 1546.
The abbey has a consecrated church, a cloister XVI century, the tower, the main body of the building and a beautiful garden.
You will visit the Square, the Crypt, the Capitulary room, the Sixteenth-century Cloister and a look of the Saracen Tower, the Chapel of Saint Jerome, the Gallery of the Emperor and Grand Staircase of tapestries, the Gardemìn of Gardenias, the Terrazza Belvedere on the monumental garden, the Prison of Francis I and the Court of Wisteria.
What was once the garden of the Benedictine monks is now the only monumental Renaissance Italian-style garden preserved in Italian Riviera. It is unique in that it is directly facing the sea (in Liguria there are no other because plants suffer the salt), and because it is spread over two levels. The feeling is that of being on the prow of a ship almost completely surrounded by the sight of the sea and coast: on one side the Gulf of Tigullio - which runs from Rapallo to Chiavari - across the promontory of Portofino - with the inlets of Paraggi and Portofino.
After the visit the driver will escort you at a typical restaurant. After lunch your driver will escort you back to the Port.