Santa Margherita Ligure, the Pearl of Tigullio - known to the locals as “Santa” - is a borgo, small village, of medieval origin set in one of the most suggestive panoramic points on the Portofino promontory.
Since the eighteenth century it has served as a mecca for travelers and artists such as Hemingway, Nietzsche and De Amicis.
In the 1970s and 1980s, it became a must-visit stopping place for trendsetters and VIPs in search of the Dolce Vita.
In the center of Santa Margherita Ligure, just some minutes' walk to the sea, you will find the Hotel Santa Margherita Palace.
Our staff is ready and waiting for your arrival. They also are prepared to help you find those places of interest that are out-of-the-way sites - off the beaten trail.
VISIT HISTORICAL CENTER
It will be impossible for you to not feel the impulse to turn into the narrow, winding streets that lead along the unpredictable pathways with their tapering staircases and alleys.
Feast your eyes on the very old buildings resplendent in their bright, vivid colors. See the Liberty-styled villas. The well-stocked local shops. The views of the sea.
These places will take your breath away! The most beautiful Santa Margherita Ligure is the one you will discover walking through it on your own.
Your strolls will lead you through the streets and the old port area. Then to the more chic attractions. Let yourself be guided by your instincts—without a map or anyone's suggestion.
VILLA DURAZZO CENTURIONE
If you wish to inhale the atmosphere of grandeur in this Ligurian city, take a walk around the Villa Durazzo - also called the Palazzo Centurione.
This awesome aristocratic residence of the sixteenth century faces the sea and is adjoined by a sizeable Italian-styled garden.
Within its confines you will delight upon sumptuous halls ornamented with statues, frescoes, paintings, trompe l’oeil and antique furnishings.
This residency, in days gone by, served princes and princesses and kings and queens.
The stunning garden, with its exotic plant life, its well-spaced pathways, and statues from a golden era, is a background against which you might form the beautiful experiences you will enjoy in Santa Margherita.
Santa Margherita Ligure is replete with historically religious buildings of considerable value.
The Chiesa dei Cappuccini in Via Manara, fixed upon a panoramic setting, hosts numerous wooden masterpieces.
The ABBEY OF CERVARA, with its church, park and monastery, is a national monument.
The Basilica of Santa Margherita of Antiochia, a splendid exemplar of eighteenth-century Ligurian baroque, the church of San Giacomo, the Convent of the Agostiniani, and the revelatory San Siro, complete this magnificent artistic framework.
Get lost in the sound of the gush from the backwash that beats against the fishing boats berthed in the harbor.
This is without a doubt the most characteristic angle of Santa Margherita Ligure.
It is perfect for a back-in-time stroll in the times-gone-by atmosphere that will never ever be supplanted or imitated.
Do not forget to stop by the Mercato del Pesce (fish market) in the afternoon where the most esteemed fish catches, in every season, are sold and bought.
Moreover, if you want ot reach Santa Margherita by boat, you can reserve a dock station here.