Santa Margherita Ligure Travel Guide

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Santa Margherita Ligure Highlights

  • Pro
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    peggydaly says…

     Easy to get to, friendly, best pesto and great people watching 

  • Con
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     lovely water but not few public beaches (all beaches are pebble/rock) 

  • In a nutshell
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     If you like beautiful scenery and picturesque old towns, this is a great place to go! 

Santa Margherita Ligure Things to Do

  • Santuario di Nostra Signora della...

    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...

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  • Piazza Mazzini

    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...

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  • Basilica di Santa Margherita d'Antiochia

    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...

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  • Castello di Santa Margherita

    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...

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  • Convento dei Padri Cappuccini

    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...

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  • Oratorio della Madonna del Suffragio

    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,...

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Santa Margherita Ligure Hotels

Santa Margherita Ligure Restaurants

  • Lunch at Pestarino

    We stopped here for lunch because we could pick out cooked vegetables. We had broccoli and stuffed artichoke with some lasagna for lunch. All very delicious and reasonable priced. They heated the food up for us in their microwave so we had "take out" which was right outside on a round bench. They supplied plastic forks and napkins. There were...

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  • Best seafood platter

    I'm hoping I have the right restaurant name from my journals......but we did have this amazing seafood platter in the village of Santa Margherita. The restaurant is casual with an outdoor/ indoor sitting area. You will be able to pick it out, as its totally packed and sometimes there is a queue to get in.Just walk up into town and I'm sure you will...

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  • Hotel Splendido - Portofino

    This hotel restaurant is expensive, if you want a special treat or a romantic night out you cannot miss this one. The food is fabulous, staff very attentive and the entertainment out of this world. Make sure you check first to see if Mario is singing, his voice will remain endlessly in your memories. We brought heaps of his Cd's as gifts to our...

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Santa Margherita Ligure Nightlife

  • Drink in style

    If you looking for a place to go for great Aperitif, good music and most important very wellcomimg and homely atmosphere-->SABOT is the place to be!!!It is the only bar in Santa Margherita that opened 7 days a weekBest Mojito in the area!This is the place to go to meet the locals and other travelersThe staff in the SABOT are very friendly (and...

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  • Nightclubbing.

    This nightspot is situated next door to the Hotel Paraggi which is halfway between Santa Margherita and Portofino. You can catch the local bus from Santa Margherita bus spot and walk home if you miss the last bus. It's buzzing in summer time......winter time I'm not sure about its opening times but check with your concierge and they will know the...

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  • Where it all happens !

    This is the place to go to meet the locals and other travelers. Its situated in the main plaza on the waterfront. The whole plaza is buzzing at night time and everyone hangs out around the cafes and restaurants, usually on a Saturday night there is live music blaring from any of the cafes, bars and restaurants. We loved just sitting in one of the...

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Santa Margherita Ligure Transportation

  • By Train to Santa Margherita

    Trains are available to Santa Margherita and are reasonably priced for those who decide not to hire a car. Trains are available from Pisa Airport and from Genoa train station.The train station is located within the Pisa airport, which run frequently to Santa Margherita.From Genoa Airport you can take a taxi or the airport bus to Genoa' s train...

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  • To Portofino - by Boat

    Ferries leave Santa Margherita to Portofino regulary and daily, it takes approx 15 minutes and its a fabulous way to see the coastline of the Italian Riverina. We also take the ferry to Portofino and take the bus or walk back. You get to see the best of both worlds.

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  • Parking

    Parking can be extremely difficult around Santa Margherita, so if you are not staying at a hotel with private parking then you will have to pay a fee daily to park your car.The fee is not cheap but however you can pay for a 24 hour fee.

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Santa Margherita Ligure Shopping

  • Shopping in Santa Margherita

    Santa Margherita shops can be located up from the waterfront towards the Railway Station. If you look hard enough there are some excellent cheap shops for women and men clothing. I found an fabulous shop which sold cheap shorts and dresses, which in Australia considering their Italian label would be worth heaps more......Just take your time and...

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  • Shopping in Portofino

    Portofino village offers a diversity of up market shops. You can find many famous labes here such as Gucci, Chanel etc.etc. It's expensive to shop here but if you are looking for that special Italian garment or shoes, you will probably find them in Portofino. Remember this village caters for the rich and famous and its probably best to leave your...

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  • Supermarket

    There is a local supermarket in the village of Santa Margherita. Its located in the centre of town, just ask one of the locals and they will direct you or the concierge from any hotel. Its very easy to find. You can buy all essentials required for your stay and is reasonably priced.

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Santa Margherita Ligure Local Customs

  • Cristoforo Colombo

    What one could say about C.C., everybody probably knows all about him. He was son of Genova/Italy (1451-1506), explorer, colonizer and navigator. Under the auspices of Spain he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that lead to general European awareness of the American continents. Colombo, however, speculated to reach the East Indies by...

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  • Giuseppe Mazzini

    Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872) was journalist, politician and activist for the unification of Italy. His efforts helped bring about the independent and unified Italy and therefore was nicknamed "The Beating Heart of Italy". In 1831 he became a member of "Carbonari", a secret but rather unsuccessful associationwith political purposes. The same year...

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  • Vittorio Emanuele II

    Vittorio Emanuele II (1820-1878) was king of Sardinia from 1849 until 1861, and assumed the title King of Italy to become the first king of united Italy. The Italian people gave him the epithet "padre della patria" (Father of the Fatherland). He was styled as the Duke of Savoy prior to becoming king of Sardinia (his father abdicated). Vittorio...

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Santa Margherita Ligure Warnings and Dangers

  • Pedestrian Caution

    Stepping into oncoming traffic at a Pedestrian crossing seems to be the only way to get across to the harbour - and most drivers wait for you to start moving and then stop... it's a matter of getting into the rythym!Watch your step - there seems to be no rules on picking up after your pet...And the stray cats around Villa Durazzo leave a few...

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  • Gypsies getting off train with your...

    Please, please , please keep your valuables in a place where no one can reach them. And this means YOU (guys who think the front pocket of their shorts or jeans will work). Our friend had his wallet removed by gypsies as he entered the train in Santa Margherita Ligure and they were off the train before he realized what happened. These thieves are...

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Santa Margherita Ligure Tourist Traps

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    by Devas73 Written May 11, 2009

    I've been with my pregnant wife to have a salad, she just wanted tomatoes, cheese and some lettuce - they charged me for it the sum of two kind of salads: normal one (4.5 eur) and "Caprese" (8.5 eur) for a total of 13 EUR just for the salad! They told me that it's because "I've ordered a kind of salad out of the menu" but it's just a sorry excuse for they custom of ripping off people (and a pregnant woman... ).
    I've ended with a bill much higher than expected for very little to eat.
    Beware, almost all places in the area try to rip off tourists instead of treating them as valuable resources, which makes me flush in the toilet my wish of small vacations.
    That's a shame for Italy, maybe it's time to stop vacationing in my own country.

    Unique Suggestions: Check carefully the menus expecially if you just want to eat quickly something little... you can easily finish off with a bill of 40 euros for having eaten almost nothing, because the kind owners of taverns/restaurants know how to rip you off with any excuse.

    Fun Alternatives: Eat a good "focaccia" in one of the little shops inside with a good beer...

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Santa Margherita Ligure What to Pack

  • by NoDramas Updated Sep 2, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: If arriving by train onto Platform 2, the steps are rather awkward to manoeuvre with a pull-along bag. Make sure you're feeling strong to carry it, or are prepared to pull your suitcase down a flight & then up a flight, one step at a time!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: June through August - a sarong & bathers is all you need during the day to hang out on the beach. If you choose to explore the old part of town, good walking shoes will make it more enjoyable on the cobblestones. The main Piazzas and Esplanade near the sea are paved.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Being a 'tourist town', there are quite a few pharmacies.

    Photo Equipment: Such a stunning location, it's not surprising there are a couple of Photo shops - on the main road opposite the sea. Have purchased and had developed a disposable Underwater camera with great results.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Plenty of stony 'beaches' where you pay to enter - use of umbrella and sunbed. There are a couple of free beaches which are just as clean, and also have an outdoor shower to rinse off.

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    • Beaches
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Trains

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Santa Margherita Ligure Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking/walking

    If you like hiking or walking then your in hiking paradise !You have so many walks to keep you fit and healthy for years.....and what better place to hike than in the Italian Riverina.Cinque Terre has plenty of walks through the villages which can go for days.Portofino is drenched in walks to all the tiny villages to Camogil to Genoa.Santa...

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  • Watersports

    Yachts, boats and hired private charter boats can be hired at the yacht club marina and also in Portofino. Check with your concierge regarding further details. The marina is located directly opposite Hotel Laurin.

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    by croisbeauty Updated May 20, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Santa Margherita Ligure was a settlement in the Roman era. A cinerafy urn from the 3rd century A.D. was found here and now is concerved in the basilica. The used to be fishermen village on this site called "Pescino" but destroyed by the Rothari in 641. Since 10th century it become the estate of the Freschi family until 1229 when it became a municipality of the Republic of Genoa.
    In the Middle Ages the site had been divided into two villages, Pescino and Corte, later on both included in the Capitanato di Rapallo. In 1813, during times of Napoleon domination both villages were unified under the name of Porto Napoleone. The final name of the place, as it is today, came with a decree from Vittorio Emanuele II in 1863.
    Santa Margherita Ligure is part of Costa dei Delfini, known for fabulous villas and great hotels, which are spread all over the places of Golf of Tigullio.

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