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Santa Margherita Ligure is a delightful little sea-side city in Liguria, in the heart of the Italian Riviera,


Santa Margherita Ligure is capital of the gulf, Golfo del Tigullio.

Get in[edit]

  • The airport of Genova "Cristoforo Colombo" is 42 km from the city. Take the "Volabus" shuttle bus for the Principe railway station in Genoa and from here continue by train to Santa Margherita Ligure (line for Genoa – La Spezia).
  • The railway station S. Margherita Ligure-Portofino is in the town. A train to Genoa takes around 45 minutes and costs around €3.
  • From all directions, take Autostrada A12 (Genova – La Spezia) and follow the signs for Rapallo. Exit at the Rapallo tollbooth and follow the signs for Santa Margherita Ligure.
  • Visiting cruise ships moor or station-keep off-shore. Their tenders usually deliver passengers to docks virtually downtown.

Get around[edit]

It is very easy to get around Santa Margherita by foot. There is a charming seaside promenade to stroll. There is a bus service that goes along the sea road that can take you to either Portofino or Rapallo. There is also a boat service that can take you to either one of those towns.


16th-century fort
  • 1 Castello di Santa Margherita Ligure. Built by the Republic of Genoa in 1550 as defence against the increasing attacks of North African pirates. It was designed by the same architect of the Castle of Rapallo. After World War I it was restored and dedicated to the Italian victims of that conflict. Castello di Santa Margherita Ligure (Q3662879) on Wikidata Castello di Santa Margherita Ligure on Wikipedia
  • Basilica of St. Margaret of Antiochia, built from 1658 on the remains of a 13th-century church.
  • 2 Cervara Abbey (Abbazia della Cervara). A historically relevant abbey on the road to Portofino. The monastery building was built in 1361. Cervara Abbey (Q306160) on Wikidata Cervara Abbey on Wikipedia
Villa Durazzo
  • Villa Durazzo complex, including two patrician villas, a 16th-century castle and 17th-century park.


Walk to Portofino on foot. You can follow the coastline or explore the many marked and unmarked trails slightly inland.








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