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Santa Margherita Ligure is on the East Ligurian Cost in a basin closed on one side by the Portofino's promontory in the North West and by the Gulf of Tigullio in the most internal part.
The city - that is approximately 31 kilometers East of Genoa - is surrounded by hills covered by the Mediterranean scrub (woods of cluster pines, chestnut trees and in thelower part by olive groves) where there are villas and garden with a view on the so called "Cost of the Dolphins", that unites the city to Portofino. The city is also an appreciated touristic and sea resort of the Ligurian East Cost.
It is a quiet sea town - a bit trendy - between Rapallo and Portofino. It is famous from the period of “Dolce Vita” and it was tourist destination for many VIPs in the 70ies and 80ies.
It is a place for entertainment, especially because of the "Covo di Nord Est", one of the most famous and suggestive discos in Europe that recently, even if in a different social context, has come back to life with a new management.
Santa Margherita Ligura today is an intact place from the scenery viewpoint, very quiet and with a mild climate all the year. We suggest it for the relax, for walks, to find your way back to yourself and for the family. There is no car traffic, the center is almost exclusively pedestrian. There are supermarkets and it is still possible to find old groceries where you can taste some local products. In summertime between July and august, there is some life in the little place, expecially for young people between 14 and 25 years old.
We do not suggest Santa Margherita Ligura for singles with a passion for wild nights or for those looking for trendy places. The night life usually ends at 1,00 am even if it is possible to continue the night at the Covo or at the Carillon at Paraggi.
Santa Margherita Ligure is perfect to relax, to enjoy the sea especially in the beaches after the Covo di Nord Est and Paraggi, for the gastronomy, especially the one based on fish and to stay quiet, far away from chaos and traffic.
The discovery of a cinerary urn from the III century with a latin inscription (today kept in the Basilica of Santa Margherita) strengthened the theory, though not yet officially demonstrated, of a human settlement here in the Roman period. The original village was destroyed by the Longobards in 641. At that time it was inhabited by fishermen and it was called Pescino. Up to the X century it was the victim of several Sacen raids. Later on it became a feud of the Fieschi family up to 1229, when it went under the dominion of the Genoa Republic.
From the Middle Age on it appears that the village was divided in two main sections, Pescino and Corte, often involved in very heated fights. In 1432 it was victim of an attack of the naval fleet of the Venice Republic and in 1549 of the one by pyrate Dragut as per the near Rapallo. On 18 July 1798 the territory was divided in two districts Cantone of Santa Margherita which included the cities of San Siro and San Lorenzo and the Cantone of San Giacomo that included the cities of Nozarego and Portofino. Both districts were included in the jurisdiction of the Gulf of Tigullio directed by Rapallo.
Starting from 1861 it became part of the territory of Italy Kingdom and assumed the current name in 1863 with a proper Royal Decree by Vittorio Emanuele II from Savoy.
The city got two trein station when the railway Ventimiglia-Roma was created. With the building of the carriage road to Portofino and with the railway the golden period of the Cost of Dolphins started with the building of new faboulous villas and great hotels. Today the minor trein station, the San Lorenzo one, is not active anymore.
After the Second World War Santa Margherita (also called the Pearl of Tigullio), Portofino andthe village Paraggi became more and more exclusive tourist destinations, rich of an extraordinary charm which persists up to now.
Amongst the many famous people who stayed at Santa Margherita Ligure we want to remind:
Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374)write and poet ;
Eva Duarte Peron wife of the Argentinian dictator. After a long trip in Europe, she wanted to spend some time in Liguria and particularly in the Portofino's Riviera, in that Santa Margherita Ligure that had so many connections with her country.
Friedrich Nietszche (1844-1900) Philosopher and writer;
"You need to imagine yourself in an island of the Greek Archipelagom where mountains and forest alternate capriciously, that one day, who knows for which phenomenon, has sailed toward the terra firma and here anchored itself. "
Valery Larbaud (1881-1957) novelist and poet ;
"This sea and olive groves scenery never changes... and it gives to me a
vision of the unchangeableness"
Nicola Abbagnano (1901-1990) philosopher;
“Santa Margherita was very dear to me, it cheered me up, it helped me."
Amongst the most classic tourist destinations there are names that recall intact natural sceneries and others which owe their fame, instead, to the charm of their buildings, to their particular lifestyle. Santa Margherita doesn't belong to none of these categories. Better: it offers a charming ensemble of these two aspects that apparently seem to be contradictory.Nature favored it and the work of man, in the centuries, has given emphasis to the nature. More then this, it added something unmistakable to a picture which was already perfect. For form, colors, disposition of its characteristic houses, of the rich villas, of the great hotels, paint all around its gulf something similar to a magic reflex.
It includes all the small rites of a really satisfactory vacation which rotate around its quiet stretch of water which welcome, together with the most beautiful yachts, a fleet of fishing boats which keeps the fishing tradition high. The famous gamberoni from Santa Margherita are one of the most characteristic and tasty specialties of this cost. And the bars, restaurants, hotels where to eat this authentic gift of the Mediterranean Sea, are really many and all different.
Santa Margherita also locations and equipments which are idea for exhibitions and conventions. For all those events, in other words, that today are important for a prestigious tourist resort.
Over the strict bounds of the city, Santa Margherita Ligure can also count on places rich of charme and suggestion, real special places such as Paraggi.
Paraggi has been a small center for fishermen and millers (there are twelve mills along the current "via dei Mulini"), today is a reknown sea resort: both free and equipped beach, high level reception, trendy clubs. It is along the Cost of Dolphins, in between of Santa Margherita and Portofino. It is 3 kilometers far from Santa Margherita Ligure, reachable by bus or by boat.
Here you have a series of very good reasons to choose Santa Margherita Ligure as your holiday destination and to rent here your holiday apartment!