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    Old Fortifications - Overlooks the Sea

    by Mikebb Updated Aug 10, 2014

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    Most towns retain some of the fortifications from centuries ago. Some have fallen into decay, however these fortification perched in a high position overlooking the coast are impressive.

    We did not have time to walk through the fortification.

    Fortification - Beachside Santa Margherita Fortification - Overlooks Coast & Sea Fortification - Overlooks Coast & Sea
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    Walk By The Magnificent Hotels

    by Mikebb Updated Aug 10, 2014

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    We like walking the district where we stay overnight, and Santa Margherita was ideal for walking.

    Scenery was fantastic, ocean, sand, hills, trees and gardens, and the magnificent old hotels from days gone by. Many of these hotels have been well maintained and still retain the magnificent gardens of years gone by.

    A pity we did not have time to visit for a drink or meal.

    Our hotel was the Regina Elena.

    Lido Palace Hotel Imperial Hotel Regina  Elena Hotel
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    Enjoy The Beach - Relax With A Swim

    by Mikebb Updated Aug 10, 2014

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    Santa Margherita is renown for its beautiful beaches. Most of the large hotels have their private beach, however there are beaches available for the public.

    We enjoyed our swim, the water was a little cold for us mid June, reason being we live in Australia where the water is much warmer. We were in the water for 10 minutes and loved it. Another hour on the beach lounge with a cold drink was most enjoyable.

    Ideal Beach Scene Alternative - Sun Yourself Amongs The Rocks Beaches Controlled By Hotels
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    Town Centre - Market & Restaurants

    by Mikebb Updated Aug 10, 2014

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    Our hotel was located by the beach a little out of town. We took the 10 minute walk into town early evening and arrived to find the market stalls around the marina open and attracting many visitors.

    On the street side opposite the markets were many restaurants, also some of the restaurants catered for those only requiring a snack.

    Santa Margherita Market & Restaurants
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    Santuario di Nostra Signora della Lettera

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 16, 2013

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    According to the legend, the cult of Nostra Signora is connected with the wooden statue which was found in 1783 by the local fishermen mirroring in the clear water of the gulf Corte. The statue is copy of Virgin Mary with the Christ in her left hand and a letter in right hand, which stands in the sanctuary of Messina.....
    The church of San Giacomo was built in the 17th century on a site of a church from 11th century. It has Baroque facade decorated with the sculpture from 1766 by unknown sculptor. I find it almost unbeliveable for the sculpture made in the second half of the 18th century that sculptor could be unknown.....

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    Piazza Mazzini

    by croisbeauty Updated May 20, 2012

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    Piazza Mazzini is the main city square and one of the most attractive city sights. It is where the Municipio (the City Hall) is situated, surrounded by fine palaces all painted in vivid colours, making the square very pitoresque. One part of the square is closed by the Oratorio della Madonna del Suffragio. The central part of the square is a small rounded park with the statue of Giuseppe Mazzini.

    Piazza Mazzini Municipio Monument to Giuseppe Mazzini

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    Basilica di Santa Margherita d'Antiochia

    by croisbeauty Updated May 20, 2012

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    Basilica di Santa Margherita d'Antiochia is also called Oratorio di Nostra Signora della Rosa, and is derivated by the legend according to which beautiful stone rose was brought by the seamen who donated it to the church. This huge sacral construction dominates over Piazza Caprera and the whole centre of the place. Santa Margherita d'Antiochia is patron saint of the city and the festivity is celebrating on July 20th.
    The Baroque styled basilica was built in 1658 on a site of an oldest church from the 13th century. It has Latin cross plan divided in three naves by the columns and cupola on its top. The interiors preserving valuable paintings and marble sculptures.

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    Castello di Santa Margherita

    by croisbeauty Updated May 20, 2012

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    The castle, aslo called Santa Margherita, was built by the Republic of Genoa in 1550 as defense against the increasing attacks of North African pirates. It was designed by the same architect of the castle os Rapallo. After World War II the castle has been restored and entitled to the Italian victims of that conflict.
    The castle was constructed on a small cliff called San Temo. Today it is open for the public hosting exibitions or arts and cultural events.

    Cactello di Santa Margherita

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    Convento dei Padri Cappuccini

    by croisbeauty Written May 20, 2012

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    Convento dei Padri Cappuccini was started to built in 1608 and completed in 1611. It is small, simple but beautiful church with characteristic capuchine stripes on its front facade.
    Order of Friars Minor Capuchin arose in 1520, following the strict worshiping of St. Francis and his manner of life. The order was founded by Franciscan friar Matteo Bassi . The Capuchins adopted the hood (or cappuccio) which was the mark of a hermit and the practice of wearing a beard. The eremitial was abandoned but the life of friars was to be one of extreme austerity, simplicity and powerty, neither the monasteries nor the Province should posses anything. The friars were not allowed even to touch the money. Capuchin friars have to serve to the community, contributing to the people by lots of voluntaring works.
    It is, what in my opinion, the church should be, serving to the people.

    Convento dei Padri Cappuccini

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    Oratorio della Madonna del Suffragio

    by croisbeauty Updated May 20, 2012

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    Oratorio della Madonna del Suffragio (also called Oratorio della Buona Morte e Orazione) was originally built in 1523 but than completely reconstructed to its present appearence in the 19th century. The church preserve organ from 1686 which is the oldest organ in whole Provice of Liguria. Also, it preserving a valuable paintings of Christ, attributed to painter Domenico Piola.

    Oratorio della Madonna del Suffragio Oratorio della Madonna del Suffragio

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    San Fruttuoso.

    by Openseas Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A tour to San Fruttuoso is also a must do if staying in the Italian Riverina. You can do this tour by foot or boat. The best way is by boat which leaves from Portofino, Camogi or Santa Margherita. By foot it takes approx 2.5hours one way and it's suited for experienced hikers.

    San Fruttuoso is a medieval village surrounded by a lovely beach which is the home of the Benedictine Abbey a beautiful building built in the early 13th century. The walk from Portofino is steep and difficult but it offers hikers fantastic views of the coastline and sea. There are a few little fishing villages you can visit on the route San Niccolo, San Rocco and Puta Chiappa.

    All information including a map can be located at any of the tourist information centres in Portofino, Camogi (closest) or Santa Margherita.

    Boats run regularly from Camogli/ Portofino during the summer months. Its approx 30min ride one way.

    Once in San Fruttuoso there are small seaside cafes and restaurants to relax at overlooking the glistening waters. The Abbey is opened at different times of the year. Check with the information center for details of opening times.

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    Camogli

    by Openseas Updated Oct 7, 2007

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    Camogli is known as the city of "Thousand White Sailing Ships" due to its rich maritime history. Its a lovely village with plenty of cafes, restaurants and beaches. Camogli often hosts many festivals ,so you could be lucky to hit the town on the right day. Ferries run from Portofino to Camogli in summer time.

    The ultimate trip is to hire a private boat and see San Fruttuoso and Camogli together from Portofino or Santa Margherita.

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    Cinque Terre

    by Openseas Written Oct 7, 2007

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    If visiting Santa Margherita then one must take the ferry over to see Cinque Terre. The ferry ride is a lovely way to see the landscape of the Italian Riverina.There is eighteen kilometers of sheer rocky coastline, terraced hills and vineyards sloping steeply down to the sea. Five little villages are built into the rocks between the beach and the hills. Centuries old footpaths and mule tracks wind about 500 to 1,000 feet above the sea, leading through olive groves and vineyards, orchards and chestnut woods.The five villages that make up the Cinque Terre, from north to south are:
    • Monterosso al Mare
    • Vernazza
    • Corniglia
    • Manarola
    • Riomaggiore

    You can also catch a train which takes about one hour from Santa Margherita. All information regarding travel to Cinque Terre can be found at the tourist office and also at the railway station.

    You cannot take your car beyond the village entrances or gates. So its much easier to leave your car behind in Santa Margherita, La Spezia or Levanto.

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    Village walk of Santa Margherita.

    by Openseas Written Oct 7, 2007

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    Take a walk through the gorgeous village starting from the main plaza Piazza Caprera and see the many magnificent buildings which dot the cobble streets and small narrow lanes. You will pass Basilicia Of Santa Margherita, Santa Margherita Castle, medieval columns, Margaritina Roisecco's tower house. elegant Art Nouveau villas, stunning gardens, and breathtaking painted houses.

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    Portofino

    by Openseas Updated Oct 7, 2007

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    If visiting Santa Margherita one cannot miss seeing the gorgeous village of Portofino.This tiny port town,(nicknamed "Pearl of the world"), one of Italy’s most romantic and colorful little towns. Portofino is truly beautiful and stunning. Looking out into the distance at the yachts and fishing boats bobbing in the water is an absolutely breathtaking sight.

    Portofino is also filled with history with spectacular Italian buildings, narrow roads, luxurious villas with their magnificent gardens, million dollar yachts anchored off shore and at the marina, with the castle of San Giogio on its doorsteps makes Portofino a stunning Italian experience.

    There are three ways to get to Portofino from Santa Margherita.

    1. By foot, its a fantastic walk and a must do on everyone's travel list. The scenery is magnificent and totally captivating.

    2. By boat - you can catch the ferry from Santa Margherita ferry terminal located on the waterfront. Its approx 10 minutes ferry ride, its a lovely way to see the stunning coastline, splendid villas and million dollar yachts .

    3. By bus - The local bus goes regularly from Santa Margerita to Portofino. Its a tiny bus that weaves its way through the narrow road overlooking the cliffs and ocean. It takes approx 15 mins.

    4. By car - DO NOT TAKE your car, its a complete waste of time as the road is very narrow and windy with heavy conjestion of traffic. There is also very limited parking in Portofino.

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