Santa Margherita Travel Summary

Santa Margherita Ligure is a charming and picturesque seaside town in the Riviera di Levante positioned a stone’s throw from Portofino and very close to the Cinque Terre.  The town boasts a palm tree-lined harbour fringes the waterfront and pastel and ochre painted mansions, hotels and houses.

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The Santa Margherita Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Santa Margherita:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. What to See;

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

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1. An introduction and brief history to this town:

The town has a lovely picturesque setting, colourful buildings, palm trees, and seafront promenade lining a beautiful waterfront.  The seafront is lined with a number of restaurants and bars.  The old part of the town has a medieval cobbled streets flanked by medieval churches and Art Nouveau architecture.

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The town is surrounded cypress-clad slopes and olive groves all the way up along the Portofino peninsula.  There are good shopping, lovely cafes and interesting sights like its 16th-century castle and the 17th-century Basilica di Santa Margherita.

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Charming Portofino can be reached by a lovely walk along the Portofino promontory or a quick bus journey.  Portofino is a picturesque fishing village surrounded by emerald waters and Italian cypress trees.  Portofino is probably most famous for it the super-yachts that docked within its harbour.  Almost in contrast to the Cinque Terre, Portofino is perfectly manicured with its luxurious hotels, pristine streets and glowing pastel colours villas.  Boutiques, art galleries, cafes and restaurants line the tiny streets. Diving, hiking and beach-going are popular local pastimes, and there are some historic sights like the Church of St. Martin (Divo Martino) and the Castello Brown hilltop fortress.

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One of the great features of Santa Margherita Ligure is in very easy reach of Genoa to the North or the Cinque Terre to the south via the fast train services along the coast and offers one of the best value-for-money accommodation options on the Italian Riviera.

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What to See:

Villa Durazzo

AllThingsTravels Top Pick:

  • In the centre Santa Margherita Liguria, the historic park of Villa Durazzo extends for three hectares
  • The Villa and gardens originate from the 17th century
  • There are a number of beautiful gardens to see; Agrumeto, the Italian garden, English Wood garden and the Secret Garden of the Centurion Princes
  • The Villa also houses the Museo di Archeologia Ligure which exhibits and documents local history, illustrating the story of Liguria from the Ice Age to the Roman period

 

Castello di Santa Margherita Ligure

AllThingsTravels Top Pick:

  • Castello di Santa Margherita Ligure was built in 1550 to defend against the frequent raids of Saracen pirates
  • The design is the work of Antonio de Càrabo, the same architect who built the Castle of Rapallo in 1551
  • The castle is in private hands nowadays, however, there are lovely views across the bay of Santa Margherita from its vantage points

 

Chiesa di Santa Margherita d’Antiochia

AllThingsTravels Top Pick:

  • The parish church of Santa Margherita Ligure, located in Caprera square, is also known as the Sanctuary of our Lady of the Rose, it is the main church in Santa Margherita Ligure
  • It is baroque in style and its build commenced in 1658
  • Its interior is beautiful with its ornate chandeliers and gold influenced interior

 

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Walk from Santa Margherita to Portofino

AllThingsTravels Top Pick:

  • The walk from Santa Margherita to Portofino with Portofino Bay on one side and the Regional Natural Park of Portofino is very scenic
  • There are several beaches and Castello Brown that veer off into the National Park
  • Portofino is probably most famous for it the super-yachts that docked within its harbour
  • Almost in contrast to the Cinque Terre, Portofino is perfectly manicured with its luxurious hotels, pristine streets and glowing pastel colours villas.
  • Boutiques, art galleries, cafes and restaurants line the tiny streets. Diving, hiking and beach-going are popular local pastimes, and there are some historic sights like the Church of St. Martin (Divo Martino) and the Castello Brown hilltop fortress

Portofino Full View

 

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